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Header art: A Literary Party at Sir Joshua Reynolds’s House

(L to R: James Boswell, Samuel Johnson, Reynolds, David Garrick, Edmund Burke, Pasqual Paoli, Charles Burney, Thomas Warton, and Oliver Goldsmith)

This is another picture of Dr. Johnson, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the host of this blog:

“I am not much travelled in the history of modern times, that is to say, these last thousand years . . . .”

Parson Adams, in Joseph Andrews, Book II, ch. IX.

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