2 of 56 portraits of David Garrick
after Louis François Roubiliac
plaster painted terracotta, circa 1758
25 in. (635 mm) high
Given by Sir Theodore Martin, 1883
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Sitterback to top
- David Garrick (1717-1779), Actor, playwright and theatre manager. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Louis François Roubiliac (1702-1762), Sculptor. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Garrick loved having his portrait painted and his celebrity owed much to the many paintings, drawings, engravings and portrait busts of him. This one is a copy of a bust by one of his friends, the French sculptor Roubiliac who spent most of his life living and working in England.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 180
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 238
Events of 1758back to top
Current affairsComet observed in previous centuries returns exactly at the time predicted by astronomer Edmond Halley and is subsequently known by his name.
Art and scienceLiverpool-born artist George Stubbs sets up in London as a painter.James Woodforde, an English country parson, begins a detailed diary of everyday life, which is later published as Diary of a Country Parson.
InternationalSeven Years' War: British General John Forbes captures the strategic French stronghold Fort Duquesne and renames it Pittsburgh after British Secretary of State, William Pitt the Elder. British troops capture Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.Pope Clement XIII succeeds Pope Benedict XIV as the 248th pope.
Exhibitions and displays
- Exposed: The Naked Portrait
Until 11 September