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Samuel Johnson ('Old wisdom blinking at the stars')

15 of 50 portraits of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson ('Old wisdom blinking at the stars'), by James Gillray, published by  W. Rennie, published 10 March 1782 - NPG D12300 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Samuel Johnson ('Old wisdom blinking at the stars')

by James Gillray, published by W. Rennie
hand-coloured etching, published 10 March 1782
8 5/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (219 mm x 189 mm) plate size; 9 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (242 mm x 194 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12300


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

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  • James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • W. Rennie (active 1782), Publisher. Artist associated with 1 portrait.