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Edward Cave

(1691-1754), Printer and founder of Gentleman's Magazine

Sitter in 4 portraits
Johnson's career breakthrough in London came via the highly successful and innovative Gentleman's Magazine. Founded in 1731 and edited by the printer Edward Cave, the magazine was the first publication of its kind. It included essays; extracts from newspapers; parliamentary reports; poetry and biographies. Johnson frequently contributed to the magazine from 1738 to 1744. When Cave died in January 1754 Johnson wrote a short account of his life.

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Edward Cave, by Charles Grignion, after  Francis Kyte - NPG D32740

Edward Cave

by Charles Grignion, after Francis Kyte
line engraving, 1754
NPG D32740

Edward Cave, by Thomas Worlidge, after  Francis Kyte - NPG D4938

Edward Cave

by Thomas Worlidge, after Francis Kyte
etching, published 1754 (1740)
NPG D4938

Edward Cave, by Edward Scriven, published by  John Samuel Murray, after  Francis Kyte - NPG D19411

Edward Cave

by Edward Scriven, published by John Samuel Murray, after Francis Kyte
stipple engraving, published 1835 (1740)
NPG D19411

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Edward Cave

by Thomas Worlidge, after Francis Kyte
etching, published 1754 (1740)
NPG D19569

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