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Urn to Dr Johnson at Gwagnynog.
Urn to Dr Johnson at Gwagnynog.
W. Thomas sculp.t.
[n.d., c.1800.]
Engraving. Sheet 160 x 100mm (6¼ x 4"). Trimmed within plate.
In 1774 Samuel Johnson toured North Wales with Hester Thrale. He visited Gwaenynog Hall in Denbigh, home of John Myddleton, who erected a monument to the visit of the literary titan. Johnson was not impressed: in a 1777 letter to Mrs Thrale he wrote, 'Mr Myddleton’s erection of an urn looks like an invention to bury me alive; I would as willingly see my friend, however benevolent and hospitable, quietly inured. Let him think, for the present, of some more acceptable memorial'.
[Ref: 57568]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Arthur Murphy Esq.r.
Arthur Murphy Esq.r. From an original Picture in the Possession of Miss Thrales.
Nath.l Dance Esq.r R.A. pinx.t. W. Ward sculp Mezzotinto Engraver to His R.H. the Duke of York.
London Published Oct.r 5th 1803, by John P. Thompson, Great Newport Street, Printseller to His Majesty & the Duke & Duchess of York.
Mezzotint. 505 x 355mm (19¾ x 14"). A little surface wear. Small margins.
Arthur Murphy (1727-1805), Irish barrister, born in Roscommon, writer and actor, reading at a table. Murphy wrote over twenty farces, comedies and tragedies including Three Weeks after Marriage (1764) and Know Your Own Mind (1777). After the 1777 oil on canvas in the National Portrait Gallery by Nathaniel Dance (1735 - 1811).
Frankau 208, ii, Chaloner Smith 63 ii.
[Ref: 55229]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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The Southwark Macaroni. 3.
The Southwark Macaroni. 3.
Publish'd according to Act. Aug.t 24 1772 by M Darly, No.39 Strand.
Etching. Platemark 125 x 180mm (5 x 7"). Large margins.
A portrait of Henry Thrale, holding a stick in one hand with the other in his pocket. Thrale was a Member of Parliament for Southwark from 1765 to 1780 and was a close friend of Samuel Johnson. Plate 3 from 'Macaronies, Characters, Caricatures &c by Mdarly'. (Vol.4).
[Ref: 38701]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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[Hester Thrale] Mrs Piozzi.
[Hester Thrale] Mrs Piozzi. European Magazine.
Engraved by T. Holloway from the Original Painting [by Sir Joshua Reynolds].
Publish'd by J. Sewell Cornhill 1786.
Stipple. 175 x 115mm (7 x 4½") large margins.
Hester Lynch Salusbury (1741-1821), a Welsh-born diarist, author and patron of the arts. After marrying the rich brewer Henry Thrale she became friends with Samuel Johnson, travelling with him to Wales in 1774. After his death she published 'Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson' (1786) and their letters to each other (1788), both important sources about Johnson's life. Henry Thrale died in 1781 (shortly after Reynolds painted this portrait, showing Hester aged 40); she married Gabriel Mario Piozzi, an Italian music teacher, in 1784.
[Ref: 51947]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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