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Dr Johnson in his Travelling Dress as described in Boswell's Tour (Samuel Johnson)

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Dr Johnson in his Travelling Dress as described in Boswell's Tour (Samuel Johnson), by Thomas Trotter, published by  George Kearsley, published 18 January 1786 - NPG D34874 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dr Johnson in his Travelling Dress as described in Boswell's Tour (Samuel Johnson)

by Thomas Trotter, published by George Kearsley
line engraving, published 18 January 1786
10 3/4 in. x 7 3/8 in. (274 mm x 188 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D34874


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

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  • George Kearsley (circa 1739-1790), Bookseller. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
  • Thomas Trotter (circa 1750-1803), Painter. Artist associated with 71 portraits.

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This satirical print shows Johnson with a minute figure of Boswell in the distance. It is based on an incident in which Johnson lost his stick in Scotland. Beneath the title is engraved:' The Dr's reply to Mr B...on the loss of his Oak Stick in the Hebrides...'No, No, my Friend, it is not to be expected that any Man in Mull who has got it will part with it. Consider, Sir, the value of such a piece of Timber here!''.

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