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Samuel Johnson Character Jug information and price guide

The Royal Doulton Samuel Johnson Character Jug, designed by the esteemed Harry Fenton, pays homage to one of the most iconic figures in English literature, Dr. Samuel Johnson. Introduced in 1950, both the large (reference 6289) and small (reference 6296) versions of this jug captured the essence of Johnson’s intellectual and physical presence. Dressed in a dark brown hat and adorned in robes of light brown, maroon, and white, the jug presents Johnson in the dignified attire befitting a man of his stature. It would have been nice to have a more interesting handle.

Samuel Johnson Character Jug Large Version 6289
Samuel Johnson Character Jug Large Version 6289. Estimate £25-£35 / $30-$40

Withdrawn in 1960 and although not uncommon the Samuel Johnson Character Jug is harder to find than some character jugs.

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was a lexicographer, poet, essayist, moralist, and critic, whose influence on English literature is unparalleled. His most enduring work, “A Dictionary of the English Language,” published in 1755, was a monumental achievement that laid the foundations for subsequent dictionaries. It was not only a significant scholarly work but also a reflection of Johnson’s wit, insight, and profound understanding of the English language.

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Johnson’s literary contributions extend beyond his dictionary. His essays, published in “The Rambler,” “The Adventurer,” and “The Idler,” offered sharp observations on morality, society, and the human condition. His prefaces and critical essays, especially those on Shakespeare and Milton, are celebrated for their depth of analysis and clarity of thought. Moreover, his biographies, most notably “Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets,” provide valuable insights into the lives and works of his subjects, showcasing his skills as a biographer.

Samuel Johnson Character Jug Small Version 6296
Samuel Johnson Character Jug Small Version 6296. Estimate £25-£35 / $30-$40

Price Guide
As mentioned although not uncommon the Jug is scarcer than most.
Large Version £40-£60 / $50-$80
Small Version £25-£35 / $30-$40

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