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dr johnson's house, gough square

I was fortunate enough to visit the house of dr samuel johnson, famed londoner and writer of the first english dictionary, to do some sketching. The very friendly curator gave me a cup of tea showed me around and told me the history of the house, and then i did some sketching in the old rooms at gough square, before heading off to the nearby cheshire cheese, a pub which prides itself as johnson's pub, though in fact he probably never drank there. It's a great little place in one of London's most interesting quarters, and you should definitely visit. that very narrow chair was in fact Johnson's chair when he used to watch cock fights at the pub (being famously large, it seems like he'd need two chairs, but he apparently would sit on this backwards and lean over the back. Fair enough. When you've written the dictionary, you can do what you want.

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Taken on January 5, 2011