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James Boswell

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James Boswell, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1785 - NPG 4452 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

James Boswell

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1785
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, the Johnson Club and H.M. Government, 1965
Primary Collection
NPG 4452


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  • James Boswell (1740-1795), Biographer of Dr Johnson. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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given to Boswell by his friend Reynolds in 1791.

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