"Curious Travellers" Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant on Tour

Posted on 1 October 2018

“Curious Travellers” - Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant on Tour


An Exhibition at Dr Johnson’s House, London 17 Gough Square EC4A 3DE

5 October 2018 – 12 January 2019

An exploration of the journeys and the writings of two influential eighteenth authors, the Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant  1726– 98) and the English writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson (1709–84), examining their accounts of Scotland and Wales – and the responses of contemporary readers to their published Tours.


Related Events in London

30 October (public lecture for the Cymmrodorion Society): Dr Mary-Ann Constantine, ‘Curious Travellers: Tours of Wales 1760–1820’ (The Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9DP).

15 November (evening event at Dr Johnson’s House): Professors Murray Pittock and Nigel Leask of Glasgow University will give talks on ‘Johnson and Pennant in Scotland’.

16 November (Linnean Society, Burlington House): ‘Thomas Pennant, Travel and the Making of Enlightenment Knowledge’. Day Conference and launch of digital texts, with an accompanying exhibition of a selection of Pennant’s writings on natural history.

14 December (evening event at Dr Johnson’s House): poetry, music and thoughts on travel with Scottish writer Alec   Finlay and Welsh National Poet Ifor ap Glyn.

For more information about times, tickets and bookings visit: http://www.drjohnsonshouse.org or http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en

Images courtesy National Library of Wales


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