James William Edmund Doyle and D. George Thompson
A Literary Party at Sir Joshua Reynolds', 1851
Stipple and Line Engraving
National Portrait Gallery, London
Featuring James Boswell (far left), Samuel Johnson, (second to left) and Pasquale Paoli (right from center).
Presented by the University of Pittsburgh
Special Collections Department
Fall 2016-Spring 2017
Pittsburgh Lawyer Templeton Smith was an avid collector of all things relating to James Boswell, the 18th century Scottish diarist and biographer. In 2006, Mr. Smith, and his wife, Nellie, donated his collection to the ULS’s Special Collections Department and it is now known as the “Templeton & Nellie Smith Boswell Collection.” In celebration of the 10th anniversary of this bequest, we have curated an exhibit that highlights its unique and rare holdings, while tracing James Boswell’s distinctive character and literary talents, as well as his exceptional relationship with prominent British writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson.
A copy of Boswell's shorthand, based on Thomas Shelton's Tachygraphy. The note was written in 1763, and is a to-do list when transcribed into common English.
This LibGuide was created by Maureen Jones, Fall 2016 HAA Exhibit Design Intern, and overseen by Special Collections staff members Margaret McGill and Brigitta Arden.