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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; William Hogarth, by Barak Longmate - NPG D2745

David Garrick; William Hogarth

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

'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG 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

David Garrick ('Richard the Third'), by William Bromley, after  John Boultbee, after  Francis Hayman - NPG D34387

David Garrick ('Richard the Third')

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

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 - NPG 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

David Garrick, by William Skelton, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after  Robert Edge Pine - NPG D34377

David Garrick

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

David Garrick as Richard III, by E.J. Portbury, after  William Hogarth - NPG D8363

David Garrick as Richard III

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

David Garrick, by James Scott, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D2418

David Garrick

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

'A literary party at Sir Joshua Reynolds's', by D. George Thompson, published by  Owen Bailey, after  James William Edmund Doyle - NPG 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

Garrick surrounded by his friends, by George Salisbury Shury, published by  A.J. Isaacs, after  William Hogarth - NPG 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

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David Garrick as Richard III

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

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David Garrick as Abel Drugger

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

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David Garrick

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

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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

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David Garrick

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

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'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

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David Garrick

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

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