This is a three-quarter profile portrait of Jonathan Swift’s friend, Esther Johnson (1681-1728). Engraved in the stipple technique, it presents her simply dressed, with her hair drawn loosely away from her face and falling over her left shoulder.
Inscribed in Image
H.R. Cooke sc.
Caption outside of boundaries of image –
Mrs Esther Johnson.
Born in 1683. Died in Jan. 1727-8.
Pub. March 1. 1810. by S. Harding, 127, Pall Mall.
Related text from travel account
|We paid a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral erected in 1190; it has a lofty spire seen at a great distance. There are some excellent monuments, particularly Dean Swift’s and close to it on the next column is a white marble slab to the memory of Mrs. Esther Johnson better known to the world [p. 46] by the name of Stella under which she is celebrated in the writings of Dr. Jonathan Swift. Near this column stands the celebrated monument of the Earl of Cork, remarkable for its splendour and the enormous sum it cost; after viewing these remains of departed greatness we went to see some living specimens of curiosity in the Royal Academy. [pp. 45-46]