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Before Dinner at Boswell's Lodging, 1769

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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After the enormous success of 'Ramsgate Sands', exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1854 (Royal Collection), Frith added scenes from modern life to his repertoire. This is a reduced replica of a picture shown at the Royal Academy in 1868. It illustrates a party on 16 October 1769 recorded in Boswell's 'Life of Johnson'. The guests were Oliver Goldsmith, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Murphy, Bickerstaff, Thomas Davies, Dr Johnson and Boswell himself.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 41 x W 63 cm

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Presented by the grandchildren of J. Snowdon Henry, 1937

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