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12 March 2014

Find Hodge in Gough Square

A bronze of Dr Johnson's cat, Hodge, sits in Gough Square, opposite the home of his famous owner, unveiled by the Lord Mayor in 1997. Hodge sits upon a copy of Johnson's Dictionary, with an oyster shell beside him, remembering the food that Johnson would go out to buy for him, apparently refusing to send his servant to do so, as the process might turn them against Hodge.

Hodge was immortalised in James Boswell's Life of Johnson, with Johnson saying of his cat that 'he is a very fine cat, a very fine cat indeed.' Johnson's fondness for cats is documented in a publication available from the excellent Dr Johnson's House opposite, entitled Hodge and other cats

For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hodge_(cat)

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