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Samuel Johnson

55 of 1413 portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Samuel Johnson

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt, after a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds
17 in. (432 mm) high
NPG 621

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Inscriptionback to top

Incised on the base Dr. Samuel Johnson and signed J. E. B.

This portraitback to top

A small-scale half-length modello, derived from the Knole portrait by Reynolds (see NPG 1445). In a letter to George Scharf of 8 March 1881 Boehm wrote that ‘if the proposal of the sketch of Dr Johnson should take some day the form of a lifesize half figure I would do it in consideration for the Gallery [if?] it is to find it’s place, for Two hundred Guineas. It is quite half a statue! you know’ (NPG archive).

Provenanceback to top

Presented by the artist 1881.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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