Hester Lynch Salusbury Thrale Piozzi (1741-1821) was an important diarist, author and
patron of the arts. She was born at Bodvel Hall, Caernarvonshire, Wales, the only daughter
of Hester Lynch Cotton and Sir John Salusbury; she was very highly educated for a woman of
her time. On October 11, 1763, Hester Piozzi married the rich brewer Henry Thrale, at St.
Anne's Chapel, Soho, London. They had twelve children and lived at Streatham Park. After
Thrale's death, she married Gabriel Mario Piozzi on July 25, 1784, an Italian music teacher
who had taught the Thrale's children. Hester Piozzi was a friend of Samuel Johnson, James
Boswell, Oliver Goldsmith, and Frances Burney, among other literary figures. She wrote
"Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson" (1786) which is an important source on the life of
Johnson. Hester Piozzi died at Sion Row, Clifton, Bristol, of complications after a fall,
and was buried on 16 May 1821.
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