34 x 21.5 inches
The plate depicts Dr. Johnson standing with his back to the fire holding forth to the assembled company. To his right stands Sir Joshua Reynolds and on his left are Richard Sheridan, facing the front, and the playwright Oliver Goldsmith. The gentlemen are giving their opinions on the political issues of the day whilst on the periphery the ladies are either gossiping amongst themselves or gently falling asleep. The imposing lady to the left of the scene, seated and holding a fan, is the socialite and champion of the bluestockings, Mrs. Thrale.