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Mrs Hester Thrale (Piozzi)

Person  Female  Born 16/1/1741  Died 2/5/1821

Categories: Gender Issues, Literature

Countries: Wales

Writer and good friend to Samuel Johnson. Born near Bwlheli, Caernarvonshire, as Hester Salusbury. In 1763 was married for money to Henry Thrale, a wealthy London brewer. An unhappy marriage, with many pregnancies but few long-lived children, the Thrales nonetheless entertained playwrights, etc. and Samuel Johnson became a friend and frequent visitor, and then, for 16 years, a house guest, at both Streatham and Southwark.

Hester was actively involved in running the brewery. Henry died in 1781 and in 1784 Hester married Italian musician Gabriel Mario Piozzi - a love-match. They moved to Wales in 1795 but he died in 1809. She lived on in Bath and died at Clifton.

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Mrs Hester Thrale (Piozzi)

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45353

Johnson statue

This bronze statue is placed close to St Clement Dane's church, the one that ...

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Morley mosaics - KEW - Hester Thrale

Hester Thrale, born 1741. Hester was a colourful member of London society, no...

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