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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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D2419

David Garrick

by Charles Spooner, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1760s (1761)
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D14163

David Garrick

by Charles Spooner, published by Robert Sayer, after Benjamin Wilson
mezzotint, published 1761
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D34384

David Garrick

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

David Garrick

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 2 April 1769 (1766-1769)
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D7035

possibly David Garrick

by Unknown artist
impression of seal, (late 18th century)
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D20571

David Garrick; William Shakespeare

by J. Miller
stipple engraving, late 18th century
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D17075

David Garrick as Richard III

by John Dixon
mezzotint, published 1772
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D2421

David Garrick

by Thomas Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (circa 1775?)
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D27967

David Garrick

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, published by George Kearsley, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1 November 1776
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D2743

David Garrick

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

David Garrick

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1776
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D34374

David Garrick

by Robert Laurie, printed for and published by J. Stevens, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 30 January 1779 (circa 1775?)
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D34375

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

by and published by John Hamilton Mortimer
etching, published 21 April 1779
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D34386

David Garrick

by John Dixon, published by Robert Wilkinson, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published 11 October 1779 (1761)
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D2746

David Garrick

after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1779
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D2747

David Garrick

after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1779
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D2748

David Garrick

after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1779
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D18114

Immortality of Garrick

by James Caldwall, by S. Smith, after George Carter
line engraving, published 1783
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D27956

David Garrick

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