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Samuel Johnson

Lichfield 1709 - London 1784
English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer
(Wikipedia)
Richard Lucas
1838

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Description

Stone statue of Samuel Johnson, wearing academic robes. He leans slightly forward in an attitude of deep thought - the right hand supports the head, and the left hand rests upon an open scroll. He sits on a Greek Revival chair with books stacked underneath it.
On the pedestal are shown in relief three incidents in Johnson's life:
  1. listening to dr. sacheverel preaching. - Seated on his father's shoulders, listening to Dr. Henry Sacheverell (1674-1724, Wikipedia) preaching in Lichfield Cathedral
  2. thus he was borne from | school. - Borne to school on the shoulders of his companions;
  3. his penance in uttoxeter market. - Standing bareheaded in Uttoxeter Market-Place as a penance for disobedience to his father.

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Inscription(s)

JOHNSON

THIS STATUE
was presented to the
citizens of lichfield
BY
JAMES THOs LAW
chancellor of the dioceses
AUGUST 1838

to commemorate the 200th anniversary
of the death of Dr. SAMUEL JOHNSON

"Every man has a lurking wish to appear
considerable in his native place"

The Johnson Society 13. December 1984

Lichfield - Samuel Johnson

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Location (N 52°41'1" - W 1°49'39")

Item Code: gbwm022; Photograph: 7 June 2014
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