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Samuel Johnson

3 of 3 portraits on display in the Great Staircase Hall at Beningbrough Hall

Samuel Johnson, by Edward Hodges Baily, after  Joseph Nollekens, 1828 (1777) - NPG 996 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Johnson

by Edward Hodges Baily, after Joseph Nollekens
marble bust, 1828 (1777)
27 in. (686 mm) high
Transferred from Tate Gallery: London: UK, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 996


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Sitterback to top

  • Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Poet, critic and lexicographer. Sitter associated with 50 portraits.

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  • Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867), Sculptor and designer and modeller of silver. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
  • Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823), Sculptor. Artist associated with 20 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

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This commemorative bust is a copy of an eighteenth-century sculpture. It was commissioned, along with a similar bust of the scientist Sir Isaac Newton, by the collector Robert Vernon, who left them to the nation in 1845.

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