Samuel Johnson L.L.D.
Publish'd as the Act directs, by the proprietors, Jan.y 1st. 1787.
Engraving. Sheet size: 230 x 150mm. (9 x 6"). Trimmed inside platemark.
A portrait of Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), in a decorative trompe l'oeil border with Johnson's date of birth and death above. Johnson was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and political conservative, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. After working as a teacher he moved to London, where he began to write essays for The Gentleman's Magazine. His later works included essays, an influential annotated edition of William Shakespeare's plays, and the widely read novel Rasselas. In 1763, he befriended James Boswell, with whom he later travelled to Scotland; Johnson described their travels in A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. Towards the end of his life, he produced the massive and influential Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, a collection of biographies and evaluations of 17th- and 18th-century poets.
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