Giuseppe Marc'Antonio Baretti, 1716 - 1789

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Oil on canvas by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1773)
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Born: 24 April 1719, Torino, Italy
Died: 5 May 1789, London, England

Raised at Torino, fled at sixteen to avoid studying law. Worked in a mercantile firm at Guastalla, gave his off hours to literary criticism. Traveled in Europe for some time, had arrived at London by 1769 when he was accused of murder, but was already personally known to Samuel Johnson, whose testimony led to Baretti's acquittal, by that time. Referred to as Joseph Baretti in James Boswell's Life of Johnson.

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