chapter  43
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Sir Joshua Reynolds on the total genius of Goldsmith in a sketch of his character, 1776[?]

This sketch was found among Boswell's papers and has been printed in Portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, ed. Frederick W. Hilles, New York, 1952, pp. 44-59. As Hilles writes (p. 29), 'no one knew Goldsmith better than Sir Joshua.' The two men had met in 1762 and later became important members of Dr Johnson's Club. Reynolds (1723-92), the painter and drawing master, here attempts to write a somewhat dispassionate account, free from anecdotes and legends, of the real achievement of his friend.