In Depth: The Fortunes of Francis Barber

Thursday 4 June, 6.30pm (2015)

PRICE: £7 unreserved

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Michael Bundock speaker

Building on themes raised in Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Michael Bundock, director of Dr Johnson’s House Trust examines the life of Francis Barber, a servant in the house of Samuel Johnson, who came to England as a slave from Jamaica in 1750.

Making an unlikely friend in Samuel Johnson caring for him during the writer’s later years he eventually became the heir to Dr Johnson’s wealth. Through this fascinating story, glimpse through a window onto a London when slaves had yet to win their freedom.

In partnership with Bishopsgate Institute

Approximate end time: 7.15pm

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