by Edward Hodges Baily, after Joseph Nollekens
marble bust, 1828 (1777)
27 in. (686 mm) high
Transferred from Tate Gallery, 1957
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- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Poet, critic and lexicographer. Sitter associated with 50 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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- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 291
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 340
- Uglow, Jenny, Character Sketches: Dr Johnson, His Club and Other Friends, 1998, p. 16