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Frontispiece for the 2d edition of Dr. J-----n's letters

Author: James Sayers; Thomas Cornell
Publisher: [London] : Publ. by Thos. Cornell, 7th April 1788.
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Original artwork : English
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A satirical print rebuking the many writers who profited by writing memoirs of Samuel Johnson. On the left, Mrs. Piozzi is seated at her writing desk in her study. With a look of astonishment. she looks behind her at the ghost of Samuel Johnson in a night shirt who with his right hand points to the portraits of James Boswell and Sir John Hawkins on the wall and in his left hand holds a money purse. Another portrait  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Satires (Visual works)
Etchings
Watermarks (Paper)
Annotations (Provenance)
Caricatures and cartoons
Named Person: Hester Lynch Piozzi; Samuel Johnson; James Boswell; John Hawkins, Sir; John Courtenay; Henry Thrale
Material Type: Graphic, Original artwork
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: James Sayers; Thomas Cornell
OCLC Number: 432630464
Description: 1 print on laid paper : etching; plate mark 25 x 17.8cm., on sheet 30 x 27 cm.
Other Titles: Frontispiece for the 2d edition of Dr. Johnson's letters
Responsibility: JS [monogram] f[ecit].

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A satirical print rebuking the many writers who profited by writing memoirs of Samuel Johnson. On the left, Mrs. Piozzi is seated at her writing desk in her study. With a look of astonishment. she looks behind her at the ghost of Samuel Johnson in a night shirt who with his right hand points to the portraits of James Boswell and Sir John Hawkins on the wall and in his left hand holds a money purse. Another portrait on the far right depicts John Courtenay with a pen in his hand looking toward a bust of Prisian. On her desk is a letter "D Johnson ... Letters Dear Lady", implying that she has been concoting Johnson's letters to her. Immediately above her desk in the middle of the wall of books, a violin, an allusion to her second husband a musician, obscures the portrait of her first husband Henry Thrale.

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