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Samuel Johnson

4 of 50 portraits of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson, by James Barry, circa 1778-1780 - NPG 1185 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Johnson

by James Barry
oil on canvas, circa 1778-1780
23 7/8 in. x 20 7/8 in. (606 mm x 530 mm) oval
Purchased, 1899
Primary Collection
NPG 1185


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

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  • James Barry (1741-1806), Painter. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

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A study for James Barry's mural painting The Distribution of Premiums in the Society of Arts, marking the occasion on which the Society gave out awards for achievement in the arts, manufactures and commerce. Referred to by the artist as 'that venerable sage', Johnson is pictured in the finished work with other members of the Society.

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