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Dr Johnson awaiting an audience of Lord Chesterfield.
Dr Johnson awaiting an audience of Lord Chesterfield.
E.M. Ward R.A. Del. Lumb Stocks R.A. Sc.
Art Union of London 1880.
Mixed-method engraving. 580 x 710mm (22¾ x 28"), with very large margins.
Dr. Johnson in the ante-room of Lord Chesterfield in Chesterfield House, Westminster. Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, was a patron of Samuel Johnson's, but Johnson felt that what little Chesterfield had done was too late to be of any use. This scene shows Johnson sitting with irritation among a multitude of others waiting for his Lordship. It has hogarthian levels of detail, with portraits on the walls and figures including a black pageboy with a lute. It was published the year after the painter, Edward Matthew Ward, committed suicide during a mental episode. Ward's son, Leslie Ward, found fame working as a caricaturist for Vanity Fair as 'Spy'.
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