4 of 16 portraits of James Boswell
by Unknown artist, 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
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Sitterback to top
- James Boswell (1740-1795), Biographer of Dr Johnson. Sitter associated with 16 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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- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 63
- Levey, Michael, Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1979 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 November 1979 - 16 March 1980)
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 68