A Letter to Lord Chesterfield by Samuel Johnson

Yet how can we celebrate today, in a world replete with sickness and sadness, wars, injustice, persecution, starving children? Samuel Johnson in his famous letter to Lord Chesterfield, who denied him help when he desperately needed it, only to claim him once he was a celebrity, closed one trenchant paragraph with this line:

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Morley, Christopher. Another Letter to Lord Chesterfield. From Samuel Johnson and Christopher Morley. New York: Printed for B. Abramson at the Argus bookshop, 1945. 1st ed. 6 p. 18 cm. A parody on Johnson's famous letter to Chesterfield regarding the former's dictionary.

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Samuel Johnson, Letter to Lord Chesterfield, February 1755

Massively ungainly and plagued with nervous tics, Dr Johnson was a victim of melancholia and could not bear solitude. He had an immense circle of friends and was one of the greatest conversationalists of all time. This portrait of him as a man of letters was painted by his friend Reynolds shortly after the publication of his of 1755, a prodigious labour which remains a monument to his scholarship as well as to his forthright personality. It was about this time that Johnson wrote his famous letter to Lord Chesterfield rebuking his former patron for his neglect. Information about the conservation of this work is available on the Gallery's website at

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Samuel Johnson's letter to Lord Chesterfield (7th February 1755)

Many of our artists and writers today still enjoy patronage. These days it is almost always commercial. You can barely look at a piece of paper or screen without some sort of profile-raising going on. The arts have their share of this with sponsorship, product placement and competition prize money. These commercial backers have replaced older-style individual patrons, who were not always cherished. Samuel Johnson famously remarked in a letter to Lord Chesterfield in 1755: “Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, whenhe has reached ground, encumbers him with help?” That describes commercial sponsorship to a tee. Few enterprises will risk their brand with an outfit that is yet to become a success.

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