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Object: Veronica a breakfast conversation
Series: Picturesque Beauties of Boswell. Part the First.
Johnson (left) sits at a small rectangular breakfast-table with his back to the door. A nursemaid behind him holds the infant Veronica, who leans forward, pushing Johnson's wig from his head; he holds up his finger admonishingly and does not appear pleased, though all the others smile admiringly. These are: Mrs. Boswell, seated (right) opposite Johnson; Boswell standing beside Johnson and clasping his hands over 'Ogden' (cf. BMSat 7031); the two visitors, Mr. Scott and Sir William Forbes; the tousled foot-boy, who carries in a tray of tea-things which he is about to place beside the urn on the otherwise bare table. Three pictures decorate the wall: 'Sancta Veronica', kneeling in prayer before a reading-desk; a medallion inscribed 'Bruce' and a half length portrait of 'Alexander of Kincardin' dressed as a courtier (see BMSat 7032, &c). Beneath the title is engraved the passage from the 'Tour' beginning '"Mr Johnson was pleased with my Daughter Veronica' and ending 'I declard she shou'd have Five Hundred Pounds of additional fortune.'
['Journal', 1st ed., pp. 16-17.] 30 May 1786
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Height: 260 millimetres
Width: 276 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 194.
One of a set of twenty plates, 1864,0309.167 to 186, bound together in an album along with letterpress handbills listing the prints and prices for each part (10s. 6d.).
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