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Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) without wig clasping a book


Artist: Ozias Humphry

Signed on the obverse with monogram
Set in the original gold frame with engraved border, the reverse engraved
Painted by O. Humphry/ 1770
Oval, 4 ½ inches high

Johnson was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, and editor,

Humphry executed several portraits of Johnson, this is a variation of Reynolds portrait of him wearing same robe, with books in the background taken in 1769. Both Reynolds and Humphry empahise Johnson's 'odd gesticulations' the and with large outstretched fingers being prominent in book portraits. Boswell listed 'a beautiful miniature in enamel by Humphry '
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