Samuel Johnson

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Samuel Johnson, by James Heath, published by  Charles Dilly, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds, published 10 April 1791 (1756-1757) - NPG D34873 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Johnson

by James Heath, published by Charles Dilly, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 10 April 1791 (1756-1757)
11 1/8 in. x 8 5/8 in. (283 mm x 218 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford, 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D34873


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

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  • Charles Dilly (1739-1807), Bookseller. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
  • James Heath (1757-1834), Engraver. Artist associated with 78 portraits, Sitter associated with 8 portraits.
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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This engraving was created in 1791 for the frontispiece of James Boswell's Life of Johnson. It is based on the famous portrait painted by Sir Joshua reynolds in 1756 just after the publication of Johnson's Dictionary. Johnson requested that some alterations should be made to the original plate of the engraving so that he appeared older and wiser than in the earlier painting.

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