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Dr Johnson Statue, Lichfield

Description: Dr Johnson Statue

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 5 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 382677

OS Grid Reference: SK1174209561
OS Grid Coordinates: 411742, 309561
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6836, -1.8277

Locality: Lichfield
Local Authority: Lichfield District Council
County: Staffordshire
Country: England
Postcode: WS13 6LA

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Listing Text

LICHFIELD

SK1109NE MARKET SQUARE
1094-1/5/121 (North West side)
05/02/52 Dr Johnson Statue
(Formerly Listed as:
MARKET PLACE
Dr Johnson Statue)

GV II*

Statue of Dr Samuel Johnson. 1938. By Richard Cockle Lucas.
Ashlar. Seated statue on plinth. Plinth has torus moulding to
base; 3 sides with reliefs illustrating scenes from Johnson's
life, influenced by Donatello's Schiacciato Relief (Pevsner
p194); rear panel has inscription commemorating the gift of
the statue by Dr James Thomas Law, Chancellor of the Diocese,
with later plaque commemorating the 200th anniversary of
Johnson's death. Seated figure of Johnson in academic robes,
deep in thought, on a Greek Revival chair with books beneath.
Dr Johnson, 1709-84, writer and critic, edited the dictionary
for which he is chiefly remembered, one of the 2 great
landmarks in the history of English dictionaries.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Staffordshire: London:
1974-: P.194; Drabble M: The Oxford Companion to English
Literature: Oxford: 1985-: P.274, 513-5).


Listing NGR: SK1174209561

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Source: English Heritage

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