James Boswell

1 portrait of James Boswell

James Boswell, after Sir Thomas Lawrence, circa 1830-1839 (circa 1790-1795) - NPG 2755 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

James Boswell

after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil and wax crayon on paper, circa 1830-1839 (circa 1790-1795)
6 1/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (159 mm x 121 mm)
Given by Harold Hartley, 1935
Primary Collection
NPG 2755

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

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  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 683 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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Capturing Boswell late in life, this semi-caricature presents a rather self-important looking man. The exaggerated double chin and protruding nose reflect what the writer Fanny Burney (1752-1840) called his 'comic serious face and manner'.

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