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Record 22064

Reading Experience:

'Johnson this year expressed great satisfaction at the publication of the first volume of "Discourses to the Royal Academy", by Sir Joshua Reynolds, whom he always considered as one of his literary school. Much praise indeed is due to those excellent "Discourses", which are so universally admired, and for which the authour received from the Empress of Russia a gold snuff-box, adorned with her profile in bas relief, set in diamonds; and containing what is infinitely more valuable, a slip of paper, on which are written with her Imperial Majesty's own hand, the following words: "Pour le Chevalier Reynolds en temoignage du contentement que j'ai ressentie a la lecture de ses excellens discours sur la peinture".'
Date: Until: 31 Dec 1791
Country: Russia
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Catherine II of Russia
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1729
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: Empress of Russia
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Russia
Country of experience: Russia
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: Catherine the Great


Text Being Read:

Author: Joshua Reynolds
Title: Discourses Delivered at the Royal Academy
Genre: Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 22064  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Boswell
  Editor: R.W. Chapman
  Title: Life of Johnson
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 1008
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 1008,, accessed: 24 April 2024

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.



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