Sir Joshua Reynolds "Samuel Johnson" (1769)

Sir Joshua Reynolds "Samuel Johnson" (1769)

Joshua Reynolds, "Samuel Johnson as an Infant"

Joshua Reynolds, "Samuel Johnson as an Infant"

Johnson in his 30s, by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Johnson in his 30s, by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Edward Matthew Ward, "Dr. Johnson in the Waiting Room of Lord Chesterfield" (1845) -- Click the image for a larger view

Edward Matthew Ward, "Doctor Johnson Reading Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield" (1845)

Thomas Rowlandson "Walking Up the High Street" (1786

Thomas Rowlandson "Walking Up the High Street" (1786

Samuel Johnson's Club. From the left: Boswell, Johnson, Reynolds, Garrick, Burke, Paoli, Burney, Wharton, Goldsmith

Samuel Johnson's Club. From the left: Boswell, Johnson, Reynolds, Garrick, Burke, Paoli, Burney, Wharton, Goldsmith

Johnson, Boswell and Goldsmith at the Mitre Tavern, by Eyre Crow3 (Getty Images)

Johnson, Boswell and Goldsmith at the Mitre Tavern, by Eyre Crow3 (Getty Images)

Samuel Johnson at Home (Illustration in The Leisure Hour, London, 1852) -- Getty Images

Samuel Johnson at Home (Illustration in The Leisure Hour, London, 1852) -- Getty Images

Sir Joshua Reynolds, "Samuel Johnson," 1772

Sir Joshua Reynolds, "Samuel Johnson," 1772

Stained Glass of Samuel Johnson in the Lichfield Cathedral

Stained Glass of Samuel Johnson in the Lichfield Cathedral