Sir John Hawkins.From an Original Picture by I. Roberts, in the Music School, Oxford.
Pubd Septr. 1. 1794, by E & S Harding, Pall Mall.
Stipple and etching, frontispiece?, uncut india paper. 180 x 135mm, 7 x 5¼".
Sir John Hawkins (1719 - 1789), writer; book in right hand with his finger between the pages, inkstand and volumes of 'A History of Music' behind at right. Hawkins was a lawyer and music scholar, best remembered for his General History of Music (1776). A contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine, Hawkins was probably introduced to Samuel Johnson by the editor, Edward Cave (1691-1754). Although unpopular within Johnson's circle, Hawkins remained on good terms with Johnson and was one of the executors of his will. When Johnson died Hawkins was commissioned to write a short biography as a preface to Johnson's collected works. His Life of Samuel Johnson (1787) was thought by the Bluestocking writer Elizabeth Carter (1717-1806) to represent Johnson 'impartially … very decently and candidly'. After Sylvester Harding (1745 - 1809).
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