[London] Pubd. March 10th, 1782, by W. Rennie [10 March 1782]
[10 March 1782]
1 print : etching with stipple, hand-colored ; plate mark 22 x 19 cm, on sheet 23 x 20 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 5, no. 6103 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 33
Title etched below image. Attributed to Gillray in the British Museum catalogue. Temporary local subject terms: Books amplifying subject: Lives of the poets, Johnson's Dictionary, Beauties of Johnson. Old Print Shop ; Mar. 1961 ; Acquisitions no.: 961-3-1-223. Matted to 49 x 36 cm.
"Design in an oval. Dr. Johnson, the head in profile to the right, with an owl's body and ass's ears, stands on two books, the lower his 'Dictionary', the upper his 'Lives of the Poets'. The busts of poets stand on brackets (right) above Johnson's head, each is irradiated with a star-shaped halo. They are "Pope", "Milton", a third head wearing a laurel wreath, the inscription concealed by Johnson's head; a fourth halo (left) is visible. These are "the stars" at which Johnson is blinking, but, though screwing up his eyes short-sightedly, he is not looking at them. The back wall, at right angles to the wall on which the busts are placed, is covered with bookshelves, in which folio volumes lean against one another. An open book lying beside the 'Dictionary' is 'Beauties of Johnson'."--British Museum online catalogue.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Rennie, W., active 1782 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Harvey, Francis Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 Milton, John, 1608-1674 Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744 Riviere & Son
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1782 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1782
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