10 of 16 portraits of James Boswell
published by John Sewell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1787 (1785)
7 1/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (182 mm x 115 mm) plate size; 7 5/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (195 mm x 119 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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- James Boswell (1740-1795), Biographer of Dr Johnson. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
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