Category Archives: Historical Scenes

Doctor Johnson Doing Penance

DescriptionEnglish: Samuel Johnson on the site of his father’s market stall
SourceChatterbox for 1896 (

The explanation in the text: “The scene of our illustration is Uttoxeter market, and the reason of Dr. Johnson’s singular conduct before a gathering of people, young and old, is thus explained by himself. He was talking, towards the end of his life, with a young clergyman, the Rev. Henry White. He said that he had been, on the whole, an obedient son. But he added: ‘Once, indeed, I was disobedient; I refused to attend my father to Uttoxeter market. Pride was the source of that refusal, and the remembrance of it was painful. A few years ago I desired to atone for this fault. I went to Uttoxeter in very bad weather, and stood for some time bareheaded in the rain, on the spot where my father’s stall used to stand. In contrition I stood, and I hope that the penance was expiatory.’ ”

The Bailiff’s Daughter, by Alice Havers

DescriptionEnglish: “The Bailiff’s Daughter,” by Alice Havers
SourceThe Pall Mall Magazine (
AuthorAlice Havers

The date 1897 is the date this picture was reproduced as the frontispiece to the Pall Mall Magazine. Havers died in 1890, so the original date of painting is earlier.