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David Garrick

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

Sitter associated with 56 portraits
Garrick was born in Hereford and grew up in Lichfield, Staffordshire. When Samuel Johnson opened his ill-fated school in 1735, Garrick was one of the few pupils. Perhaps recognising their mutual ambition, the two men travelled to London together in March 1737, taking turns to ride on their shared horse. Garrick first appeared on the London stage in 1741 and went on to achieve huge success as an actor, playwright and theatre manager, becoming the most celebrated theatrical personality of the eighteenth century. He was acclaimed for his naturalistic style and his versatility in both comic and tragic roles. He transformed what it meant to be an actor, no longer simply an entertainer but a pillar of British culture.

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David Garrick, by Charles Spooner, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D2419

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Charles Spooner, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Benjamin Wilson - NPG D14163

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Valentine Green, published by  John Boydell, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D34384

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Valentine Green, published by  John Boydell, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D34385

David Garrick

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

possibly David Garrick, by Unknown artist - NPG D7035

possibly David Garrick

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

David Garrick; William Shakespeare, by J. Miller - NPG D20571

David Garrick; William Shakespeare

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

David Garrick as Richard III, by John Dixon - NPG D17075

David Garrick as Richard III

by John Dixon
mezzotint, published 1772
NPG D17075

David Garrick, by Thomas Watson, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D2421

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Joseph Collyer the Younger, published by  George Kearsley, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D27967

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D2743

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D2744

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Robert Laurie, printed for and published by  J. Stevens, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 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

David Garrick ('Nature & Genius introducing Garrick to the Temple of Shakespeare'), by and published by John Hamilton Mortimer - NPG 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

David Garrick, by John Dixon, published by  Robert Wilkinson, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D34386

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, after Robert Edge Pine - NPG D2746

David Garrick

after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2746

David Garrick, after Robert Edge Pine - NPG D2747

David Garrick

after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2747

David Garrick, after Robert Edge Pine - NPG D2748

David Garrick

after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2748

Immortality of Garrick, by James Caldwall, by  S. Smith, after  George Carter - NPG D18114

Immortality of Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Burnet Reading, published by  William Richardson - NPG D27956

David Garrick

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

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