This is one of the few known depictions of Edward Cave and shows him as a confident and successful businessman. Cave had worked his way up from humble beginnings to become the editor and proprietor of one of the most successful eighteenth-century publications, The Gentleman's Magazine. Cave was an obsessive and extremely successful businessman: an assistant complained once that Cave kept him working ‘from twenty-four to fifty hours at a stretch’. Samuel Johnson retained affection to the last for the man who had given him his first regular writing job as a hack writer and parliamentary reporter for the magazine.
Where to see this painting?
Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square, London, Greater London, England, EC4A 3DE
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