Hester Thrale
(1741-1821)

Died aged c. 80

Hester Lynch Thrale (née Salusbury; later Piozzi; 27 January 1741 or 16 January 1740 – 2 May 1821), a Welsh-born diarist, author and patron of the arts, is an important source of information on Samuel Johnson and 18th-century English life. She was a member of the prominent Salusbury family, Anglo-Welsh landowners, and married first a wealthy brewer, Henry Thrale, then amusic teacher, Gabriel Mario Piozzi. Her Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786) and her diary Thraliana, published posthumously in 1942, are the main works for which she is remembered. She also wrote a popular history book and a dictionary. She has been seen as a protofeminist.

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friend of Samuel Johnson

Commemorated on 3 plaques

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Here lived Mrs Piozzi B.1741 D.1821

8 Gay Street, Bath, United Kingdom where they lived

Immediately to the south of this building stood the house occupied by Hester and Henry Thrale where Samuel Johnson and Fanny Burney were frequent visitors

78 West Street, Brighton, United Kingdom where they lived

Hester Thrale (Mrs Piozzi) Dr. Johnson's friend b. 1741 died here 2nd May 1821

20 Sion Hill, Bristol, United Kingdom where they died (1821)