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David Garrick (1717-1779), Actor, playwright and theatre manager

Sitter associated with 56 portraits
David Garrick was born in Hereford but, like Dr Johnson, grew up in Lichfield. When Johnson opened his ill-fated school in 1735, Garrick was one of the few pupils, and the two men travelled to London together in March 1737. Garrick first acted on the London stage in 1741 and quickly became one of the most successful figures in British theatre. He was acclaimed for his naturalistic style of acting and his versatility, performing in both comic and tragic roles. Both as an actor and as manager of Drury Lane Theatre, he changed the face of theatrical performance. Throughout his life, he and Johnson remained friends although, at times, Johnson disliked Garrick's vanity and 'buffoonery'.

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6249

David Garrick

by Benjamin Wilson
oil on canvas, circa 1752-1755
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707a

David Garrick

after Louis François Roubiliac
plaster painted terracotta, circa 1758
NPG 707a

1167

David Garrick

studio of Johann Joseph Zoffany
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (1763)
On display on Floor 1: Saloon at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 1167

5054

David Garrick

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, 1770
NPG 5054

3639

David Garrick

by Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
pencil, 1771
NPG 3639

1187

David Garrick

by John Keyse Sherwin
pencil, circa 1774
NPG 1187

82

David Garrick

by Robert Edge Pine
oil on canvas, circa 1775
NPG 82

D19381

David Garrick

by Thomas Worlidge
etching, circa 1740-1766
NPG D19381

D42976

David Garrick

by and published by J. Wood, after Arthur Pond
line engraving, published 29 April 1745
NPG D42976

D19067

David Garrick

by and published by J. Wood, after Arthur Pond
line engraving, published 29 April 1745
NPG D19067

D34378

David Garrick ('Mr Garrick in the Character of Richard III')

by Charles Grignion, by and after William Hogarth
line engraving, published 20 June 1746 (1741)
NPG D34378

D34381

David Garrick ('Mr Garrick in the Character of Richard III')

by Charles Grignion, by and after William Hogarth
line engraving, published 20 June 1746 (1741)
NPG D34381

D34373

David Garrick

by and sold by James Macardell, after Jean Etienne Liotard
mezzotint, (1751)
NPG D34373

D34376

David Garrick ('Garrick between Comedy and Tragedy')

by Edward Fisher, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint printed in colours, (1760-1761)
NPG D34376

D34382

David Garrick ('Strive not Tragedy nor Comedy to Engross a Garrick, who to your Noblest Characters does Equal Honour')

by Richard Purcell (Charles or Philip Corbutt), printed by Robert Sayer, printed by Carington Bowles, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1760-1761)
NPG D34382

D34383

David Garrick ('Reddere Personae scit convenientia cuique')

by Edward Fisher, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1760-1761)
NPG D34383

D2420

David Garrick ('Strive not Tragedy nor Comedy to Engross a Garrick, who to your Noblest Characters does Equal Honour')

by Richard Purcell (Charles or Philip Corbutt), printed for Robert Sayer, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1760-1761)
NPG D2420

D2419

David Garrick

by Charles Spooner, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1760s (1761)
NPG D2419

D14163

David Garrick

by Charles Spooner, published by Robert Sayer, after Benjamin Wilson
mezzotint, published 1761
NPG D14163

D34384

David Garrick

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 2 April 1769 (1766-1769)
NPG D34384

D34385

David Garrick

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 2 April 1769 (1766-1769)
NPG D34385

D7035

possibly David Garrick

by Unknown artist
impression of seal, (late 18th century)
NPG D7035

D20571

David Garrick; William Shakespeare

by J. Miller
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D20571

D17075

David Garrick as Richard III

by John Dixon
mezzotint, published 1772
NPG D17075

D2421

David Garrick

by Thomas Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (circa 1775?)
NPG D2421

D27967

David Garrick

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, published by George Kearsley, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1 November 1776
NPG D27967

D2743

David Garrick

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1776
NPG D2743

D2744

David Garrick

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1776
NPG D2744

D34374

David Garrick

by Robert Laurie, printed for and published by J. Stevens, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 30 January 1779 (circa 1775?)
NPG D34374

D34375

David Garrick ('Nature & Genius introducing Garrick to the Temple of Shakespeare')

by and published by John Hamilton Mortimer
etching, published 21 April 1779
NPG D34375

D34386

David Garrick

by John Dixon, published by Robert Wilkinson, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published 11 October 1779 (1761)
NPG D34386

D2746

David Garrick

after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2746

D2747

David Garrick

after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2747

D2748

David Garrick

after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2748

D18114

Immortality of Garrick

by James Caldwall, by S. Smith, after George Carter
line engraving, published 1783
NPG D18114

D27956

David Garrick

by Burnet Reading, published by William Richardson
stipple engraving, published 1785
NPG D27956

D2745

David Garrick; William Hogarth

by Barak Longmate
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D2745

D12786

'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 2 April 1802
NPG D12786

D34387

David Garrick ('Richard the Third')

by William Bromley, after John Boultbee, after Francis Hayman
stipple and line engraving, after 1806 (1760)
NPG D34387

D23497

Facsimile of the Proportions of Garrick and Quin (David Garrick; James Quin)

by Thomas Cook, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, possibly after William Hogarth
etching, published 1808 (1746)
NPG D23497

D34377

David Garrick

by William Skelton, published by Colnaghi & Co, after Robert Edge Pine
line engraving, published 1 November 1818 (1775-1780)
NPG D34377

D8363

David Garrick as Richard III

by E.J. Portbury, after William Hogarth
line engraving, mid 19th century (1741)
NPG D8363

D2418

David Garrick

by James Scott, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, 1850s-1880s (1766-1769)
NPG D2418

D14518

'A literary party at Sir Joshua Reynolds's'

by D. George Thompson, published by Owen Bailey, after James William Edmund Doyle
stipple and line engraving, published 1 October 1851
NPG D14518

D34380

Garrick surrounded by his friends

by George Salisbury Shury, published by A.J. Isaacs, after William Hogarth
stipple engraving and mezzotint, published 20 August 1866
NPG D34380

D14116

David Garrick as Richard III

by T. Clerk, published by Robert Scholey, after William Hogarth
line engraving, (1746)
NPG D14116

D14183

David Garrick as Abel Drugger

published by John Payne
etching, published circa 1750-1775
NPG D14183

D19570

David Garrick

by James Macardell, published by Robert Sayer, after Jean Etienne Liotard
mezzotint, circa 1750-1775
NPG D19570

D19234

David Garrick ('Strive not Tragedy nor Comedy to Engross a Garrick, who to your Noblest Characters does Equal Honour')

by Richard Purcell (Charles or Philip Corbutt), printed for Robert Sayer, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1760-1761)
NPG D19234

D19353

David Garrick

by John Finlayson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1 February 1769
NPG D19353

D13699

'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 2 April 1802
NPG D13699

D15308

David Garrick

by Samuel Freeman, published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1807
NPG D15308