Samuel Johnson and James Boswell

Samuel Johnson and James Boswell

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Credit: GEORGE BERNARD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Samuel Johnson and James Boswell taking tea in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1786. Samuel Johnson (1709- 1784) was an English lexicographer and the writer of the first English language dictionary. James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish author and biographer, was a friend of Johnson, writing Johnson's biography in 1791. Illustration by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), English caricaturist.

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