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Bennet Langton Contemplating the Nolleken's Bust of Johnson

Photo credit: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

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Attributed to Zoffany. Langton is shown here with a bust by Joseph Nolleken's. Langton met Johnson in 1754 in London. The two men soon became close friends, and Langton was one of the founder member of the Literary Club. After Johnson’s death Langton provided Boswell with several anecdotes for his biography.

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum


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    oil on canvas

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    93 x 79 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased from the Selective Eye Gallery in Jersey, with the assistance of The Pilgrim Trust, Mr W. F. Wahrle, the Conduit Lands Trust, the Johnson Society of Lichfield and an anonymous individual, 1976


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