Dr Samuel Johnson’s Statue, Lichfield

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Description:A postcard view of the Statue of Dr Samuel Johnson in the Market Place, Lichfield. It is by R.C. Lucas and was erected in 1838.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), lexicographer, critic and poet, was born on 18th September 1709 in the house which is the Johnson Birthplace Museum on Market Place, Lichfield. He is most famous for writing the first comprehensive English Dictionary, but was also known for being a great wit and conversationalist.

On the right is a part view of St Mary’s Church. In later years the building became Lichfield Heritage Centre. The centre closed in 2017 and was converted to house Lichfield’s main public library, tourist information centre and an arts space which opened in 2018.

This postcard was franked in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 24 June 1904 and sent to an address in Hanchurch, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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Image courtesy of: The Arthur Lloyd Collection

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