Wax model of a literary gathering at the Turk's Head Tavern; 178

Samuel Percy

Wax model of a literary gathering at the Turk's Head Tavern; 178
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 30cm x 22cm

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Wax model of a literary gathering at the Turk's Head Tavern. Comprising representations of Samuel Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Topham Beauclerk, Charles James Fox, James Boswell and Joseph Nollekens. Dr Johnson is seated on the 'throne' and is debating with Sir Joshua Reynolds. Over the years there have been a number of different suggestions about the identities of the figures (see acquisition file). In 1968 however the matter was referred to John Kerslake at the National Portrait Gallery who confirmed that there is insufficient information to identify them all. The portrait of Johnson shows the development of dropsy in his lower legs, this helps to date the model from after 1783. May have been collected from a coffee house in Soho in the early 19th century.

Image Details

Artist/Photographer/Maker
 
Date
 
1785 AD - 1800 AD
Image Number
 
013142

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