Thomas Trotter's engraving of 'Dr Johnson in his Travelling Dress as described in Boswell's Tour'. Lord Houghton's copy, with an Autograph Letter Signed to him from George Daniel, discussing the engraving.

Author: 
Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784); George Daniel (1789-1864); Thomas Trotter (1750-1803); George Kearsley (c.1739-1790); Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809-1885)
Publication details: 
Trotter's engraving 'Published as the Act directs Janry. 18Th 1786 by Geo. Kearsley No 46 Fleet Street [London]'. Daniel's letter from No. 18 Canonbury Square, Islington, 20 March 1854.
£500.00
SKU: 21139

Both engraving and letter are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: Engraving captioned: 'Dr JOHNSON in his Travelling Dress as described in BOSWELLS. TOUR. | The Drs. reply to Mr. B- on the loss of his Oak Stick in the Hebrides. | “No, no, my friend, it is not to be expected that any Man in Mull who has got it will part with it. Consider, Sir, the value of such a piece of Timber Here!” At top right: 'Drawn from the Life, and engrav'd by T Trotter.' Price given in print as 1s 6d. Dimensions of paper: 27 x 18.5 cm. Dimensions of image: 25 x 17.5 cm. Trimmed at the margins and placed in a 38 x 26 cm windowpane mount, with ruled border in red and black. Paper stub from album adhering to one edge of mount. A celebrated image of Johnson, and a scarce item, as the accompanying letter explains. TWO: Autograph Letter Signed from 'George Daniel' to 'R: M: Milnes Esqr MP'. 1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Stub from album adhering to blank second leaf. Reads: 'Sir/ | The very curious, and somewhat scarce Portrait of Dr. Johnson with his stick that you purchased at Pickering's sale last week is “Drawn from the Life, and engraved by T. Trotter.” It was published January 18 1786 by George Kearsley, 46 Fleet Street. Trotter etched and engraved several portraits of the Doctor during his (the Doctor's) Life time, all of which are authentic, and many of considerable rarity. The original drawing (in pencil) of the first is (as I told you) in my possession'.