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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 Benjamin Wilson - NPG 6249

David Garrick

by Benjamin Wilson
oil on canvas, circa 1752-1755
NPG 6249

David Garrick, after Louis François Roubiliac - NPG 707a

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, studio of Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG 1167

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Thomas Gainsborough - NPG 5054

David Garrick

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, 1770
NPG 5054

David Garrick, by Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) - NPG 3639

David Garrick

by Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
pencil, 1771
NPG 3639

David Garrick, by John Keyse Sherwin - NPG 1187

David Garrick

by John Keyse Sherwin
pencil, circa 1774
NPG 1187

David Garrick, by Robert Edge Pine - NPG 82

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by Thomas Worlidge - NPG D19381

David Garrick

by Thomas Worlidge
etching, circa 1740-1766
NPG D19381

David Garrick, by and published by J. Wood, after  Arthur Pond - NPG D42976

David Garrick

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

David Garrick, by and published by J. Wood, after  Arthur Pond - NPG D19067

David Garrick

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

David Garrick ('Mr Garrick in the Character of Richard III'), by Charles Grignion, by and after  William Hogarth - NPG 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

David Garrick ('Mr Garrick in the Character of Richard III'), by Charles Grignion, by and after  William Hogarth - NPG 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

David Garrick, by and sold by James Macardell, after  Jean Etienne Liotard - NPG D34373

David Garrick

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

David Garrick ('Garrick between Comedy and Tragedy'), by Edward Fisher, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D34376

David Garrick ('Garrick between Comedy and Tragedy')

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

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 - NPG 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

David Garrick ('Reddere Personae scit convenientia cuique'), by Edward Fisher, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D34383

David Garrick ('Reddere Personae scit convenientia cuique')

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

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 - NPG 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

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