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Samuel Johnson ('Apollo and the muses, inflicting penance on Dr Pomposo, round Parnassus')

18 of 50 portraits of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson ('Apollo and the muses, inflicting penance on Dr Pomposo, round Parnassus'), by James Gillray, published by  William Holland, published 29 July 1783 - NPG D12342 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Samuel Johnson ('Apollo and the muses, inflicting penance on Dr Pomposo, round Parnassus')

by James Gillray, published by William Holland
hand-coloured etching, published 29 July 1783
10 5/8 in. x 12 3/4 in. (269 mm x 325 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12342


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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.
  • William Holland (active 1782-1802), Book and printseller. Artist associated with 11 portraits.