"Johnson repeated the phrase two hundred years later of women preaching"

In his Life of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell reports telling Dr. Johnson that he had heard a woman preach at a Quaker meeting. According to Boswell, Johnson's reply was:

'Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all'.

Plaque in Rue d'Assas, Paris
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As the narrator notes a little later in the text, Cecil Gray used the same quotation in relation to a woman composing music, specifically in relation to Germaine Tailleferre.

Cecil Gray was a Scottish composer and music critic.

Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) was a French female composer, the only woman amongst the group of composers known as Les Six.

Listen on Spotify: Tailleferre's Concertino for Harp and Orchestra (1927)