Portrait of Dr Samuel Johnson

image CH 1996.39

Object

Painting

Title

Portrait of Dr Samuel Johnson

Material

Oil
Canvas

Dimensions

height: 75cm
width: 62.5cm

Description

Portrait of the writer in profile, with his eyes closed. He wears a brown gown with a light shirt and has short brown hair. his hands are held in front of his chest as if gesticulating. A thick book rests on the base of a pillar in the background.

This painting appears to show the poor eyesight that Johnson suffered from early childhood, and his hands making the “odd gesticulations” that has led to be the posthumous diagnosis of Tourette syndrome.

From the collection of Alexander Chalmers.

Production person

Reynolds, Joshua (Sir, P.R.A.)

Object number

CH 1996.39

On display?

No

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