"a funny near-sighted old gentleman who had a cat named Hodge"


Statue of Hodge
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This is likely to be Dr Samuel Johnson, the eighteenth century English essayist, critic and lexicographer, and subject of James Boswell's famous biography. Dr Johnson had a cat called Hodge, who is immortalised in a statue outside Johnson's home in Gough Square in London.