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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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David Garrick

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

707a

David Garrick

after Louis Francois 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

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David Garrick

by John Keyse Sherwin
pencil, circa 1774
NPG 1187

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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

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