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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale) (1741-1821), Writer and friend of Dr Johnson

Miscellaneous writer and close friend of Dr Johnson; b. Bachycraig, Flintshire, married 1) 1763 the brewer Henry Thrale (d. 1781), 2) 1784 Gabriel Piozzi (see NPG 1152).

'less than five feet in height, plump and deep-chested, with large muscular hands ... her eyes were fine and expressive, light grey in colour; her hair was chestnut brown' (J. L. Clifford, 1952).

'Short, plump and brisk' (James Boswell, 1791).


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.