Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace in Lichfield has been a personal museum dedicated to Samuel Johnson since 1901. It has been preserved as a public memorial to the genius of the late Dr Samuel Johnson and as a place of historic interest. The museum collections have been built up since 1901. The Collection comprises personalia, pictures, furniture, manuscripts and books. Three significant donations form the major part of the book collection; the Hay Hunter, the Wood and the Blum Libraries. The book collection consists of the works of Johnson and his contemporaries, books owned by Johnson and his friends, as well as biographies and critical studies of Johnson and his contemporaries.
Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace also has letters and manuscripts relating to key figures such as Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Anna Seward, Hester Piozzi, Joshua Reynolds and Sarah Siddons. In addition there are many documents associated with the history of Lichfield.
The Birthplace Museum has a number of interesting oil paintings and pastels of Johnson as well as watercolour paintings of local views. There are also engravings of Johnson, his contemporaries and associated views. Significant items of furniture include Johnson’s portable desk, Boswell’s bookcase and Johnson’s armchair. The Collection also contains important personal items belonging to Johnson.
Annette French, Curator
Text source: PCF / Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
This description was originally written for a catalogue.