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In the Eighteenth Century
were much in demand, as also were his more elaborate drawings. This sketch of the com­pany on the Pantiles in August 1748 is his best known work, and it was first published in Mrs. Barbauld's edition of Richardson's Correspon­dence, when it was labelled, " The remarkable characters who were at Tunbridge Wells with Richardson in 1748, from a drawing in his possession, with references in his own writing." In the picture we see Lord Harcourt and Colley Cibber about to accost Dr. Johnson and the Bishop of Salisbury; David Garrick talking to Mrs. Frasi; and Elizabeth Chudleigh walking with Beau Nash and William Pitt. The Speaker and Lord Powis are conversing with the Duchess of Norfolk, Miss Peggy Banks, Lady Lincoln, and Lyttelton; while close by is Richardson, and some way in the background a German baron who may be Pollnitz; the Speaker's wife and daughter are chatting to Mrs. Johnson; and Whiston is in solitary communion, doubt­less meditating upon the end of the world.
A group more representative of the company than that depicted by Logan could scarcely have been designed, but the artist omitted to insert in the gathering on the Pantiles any of the great leaders of fashion of the day. Happily
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