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'Frontispiece for the 2nd edition of Dr Johnson's letters'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 7 April 1788
9 3/4 in. x 6 7/8 in. (249 mm x 175 mm) plate size; 10 5/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (269 mm x 194 mm ) paper size
Purchased, 1905
NPG D9898

© National Portrait Gallery, London

In this etching, Samuel Johnson addresses Mrs Piozzi thus:

Madam! my Debt to Nature paid

I thought the Grave with hallow'd Shade

Would now protect my Name,

Yet there in vain I seek Repose,

My Friends each a little Fault disclose

And murder Johnson's Fame;


First Boswell with officious Care

Shew'd me as a Man would shew a Bear

And called himself my Friend.

Sir John[fn[Hawkins[/fn] shew'd my hearse

And C... [fn]John Courtenay[/fn] pester'd me with verse

You torture without end.


When Streatham spread its pleasant board,

I opened learnng's valued hoard,

And as I feasted, prosed.

Good things I said, good things I eat

I gave you knowledge for your meat,

And thought th' account was closed.


If obligations I still owed,

You sold each item to the crowd,

I suffered by the tale.

For God's sake, Madam, let me rest,

No longer vex your quondam guest:

I'll pay you for your ale.




'Frontispiece for the 2nd edition of Dr Johnson's letters'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell. Etching, published 7 April 1788.
9 3/4 in. x 6 7/8 in. (249 mm x 175 mm) plate size; 10 5/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (269 mm x 194 mm).


Owner/Sourcehttp://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portraitLarge/mw43441/Frontispiece-for-the-2nd-edition-of-Dr-Johnsons-letters?LinkID=mp03573&search=sas&sText=hester+lynch&OConly=true&role=sit&rNo=3
Date7 Apr 1788
File namefrontispiece_dr_johnson_letters_1788.jpg
File Size186.96k
Dimensions582 x 800
Captionby James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell, etching, published 7 April 1788
Caption WriterNational Portrait Gallery London - www.npg.org.uk
HeadlineNPG D9898; 'Frontispiece for the 2nd edition of Dr Johnson's letters' (Hester Lynch Piozzi (nČe Salusbury; Mrs Thrale); Samuel Johnson) by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
Special InstructionsUnauthorised reproduction prohibited. For authorisation contact rightsandimages@npg.org.uk www.npg.org.uk
AuthorNational Portrait Gallery London - www.npg.org.uk
Author's PositionRights and Images Department
SourceNational Portrait Gallery London
Photo SourceNational Portrait Gallery London
TitleNPG D9898; 'Frontispiece for the 2nd edition of Dr Johnson's letters' (Hester Lynch Piozzi (nČe Salusbury; Mrs Thrale); Samuel Johnson)
Creation Date20120504
CityLondon, St Martin's Place, WC2 0HE
CountryUnited Kingdom
KeywordsDouble portraits; Art in art; Words and inscriptions; Chairs; From behind; Books and libraries
Copyright Notice© National Portrait Gallery, London
Linked toHester Lynch Salusbury

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