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says,

Of his first meeting with Johnson Boswell

concerning this portrait: 'I found that I had a very perfect idea of Johnson's figure from the portrait of him painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds soon after he had published his Dictionary in the attitude of sitting in his easy chair in deep meditation, which was the first picture his friend did for him, which Sir Joshua

very kindly presented to me, and from which an engraving has been made for this work.'

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