Young Sam Johnson

“Ah, Sir, I was rude and violent. It was bitterness which they mistook for frolick. I was miserably poor, and I thought to fight my way by my literature and my wit; so I disregarded all power and all authority.”

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

In this section

Photograph The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New. Cambridge: John Field, 1657
Michael Johnson. A Catalogue of Choice Books in All Faculties. [Lichfield]: Mich. Johnson, 1717-18. Photograph
Photograph Edward Francis Finden. Portrait of Michael Johnson. London: John Murray, 1835. Engraving. Unidentified artist. Samuel Johnson’s birthplace. Watercolor on paper.

Photograph Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). The Infant Johnson. [ca. 1780]. Oil on canvas. Samuel Johnson. Horace Book 2d Ode 20th. 1726. Manuscript.
Photograph John Husbands. A Miscellany of Poems, by Several Hands. Oxford: Leon. Lichfield, 1731.
George Hollis, after Joseph Nash. Pembroke College, Oxford. Oxford: J. Ryman, 1838 Engraving. Photograph
Photograph Samuel Johnson. Letter to Gregory Hickman. Oct. 30, 1731. Manuscript. Samuel Johnson. Annales. 1734. Manuscript.

Photograph Samuel Johnson. Libellus. 1729-1734. Manuscript.

Samuel Johnson. Letter to Edward Cave. Nov. 25, 1734. Manuscript. Photograph


Jerónimo Lobo. A Voyage to Abyssinia. London: A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, 1735. The Gentleman’s Magazine for June 1736. London: E. Cave, 1736.



Unidentified artist. Portrait of Samuel Johnson. [ca. 1736]. Oil on metal.