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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, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 996


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  • 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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