James Boswell Esq.rIn the Dress of an Armed Corsican Chief, as he appear'd at Shakespeare's Jubilee, at Stratford upon Avon September 1769
Engraving, sheet 190 x 110mm (7½ x 4¼"). Good impression; trimmed inside platemark.
James Boswell (1740-95), best known for his life of Samuel Johnson, in Corsica dress. While on the continent, Boswell was inspired (by meetings with Rousseau) to travel to Corsica to meet General Pasquale Paoli, who was seeking to obtain the island's independence from the Genoese. Paoli was initially suspicious of Boswell, but consented to a series of interviews in 1767. Once back in Britain he discussed Corsica in an interview with William Pitt (which he wrote up in detail afterwards). He then wrote his 'An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to that Island, and Memoirs of Pasquale Paoli', published in 1768 and widely read. He urged British intervention in Corsica, which was not fulfilled, although 'he probably influenced Britain's decision to send secret supplies of arms to the Corsicans' (DNB). It was around this time that he made his spectacular appearance as a Corsican chief, shown here. As a result he was known as 'Corsican Boswell' for many years, and continued to be a lifelong friend of Paoli.
For Paoli see ref. 14354
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