James Boswell Esq.r of Auchinleck.European Mag.
Published by J. Sewell, Cornhill, 1787.
Stipple and aquatint. 180 x 115mm (7 x 4½").
James Boswell (1740-1795), biographer of Samuel Johnson. Born in Edinburgh in 1740, the son of the Laird of Auchinleck, 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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