Elizabeth Carter was an outstanding scholar and a longstanding friend of Johnson. They had met in 1737, Johnson’s first year in London, when they were both writing for Edward Cave’s The Gentleman’s Magazine. As a child Carter had been precocious, teaching herself several languages including Arabic and Hebrew, as well as ancient geography, mathematics and religion. She was most renowned for her translation of the Greek discourses of Epictetus. This portrait was painted for Elizabeth Montagu, a fellow intellectual, friend and member of the 'Bluestockings'.
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Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square, London, Greater London, England, EC4A 3DE
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bequeathed by Mrs Pennington Bickford and presented by Roland Brown