Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, one of Lichfield's most famous sons, compiled the first English Dictionary in the middle of the 18th century. On this side of the plinth is a scene from his early life when he was carried home from school by his class-mates. The statue was made in 1838 by Richard Cockle Lucas. The statue of his biographer, James Boswell, is visible at the other end of the Market Square at the left.

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