Published by Willm. Daniell No. 9 Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square, London, Novr. 1st. 1808.
Soft-ground etching. Plate 271 x 203mm. Sheet 476 x 318mm. Some spotting.
James Boswell (1740-1795), biographer of Dr Johnson. James Boswell was born in Edinburgh in 1740. He was the son of the Laird of Auchinleck, a title he later inherited. In 1762, having qualified as a lawyer, he travelled to London hoping to rub shoulders with 'men of genius' and in particular his literary hero, Samuel Johnson. He realised this ambition the following year when he met Johnson in a Covent Garden bookshop. Despite an age difference of over three decades, the two men became close and remained friends until Johnson's death.
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