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David Garrick as Kitely in 'Every Man in his Humour'

4 of 56 portraits of David Garrick

David Garrick as Kitely in 'Every Man in his Humour', after Sir Joshua Reynolds, (1768) - NPG 4504 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

David Garrick as Kitely in 'Every Man in his Humour'

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (1768)
29 1/2 in. x 24 5/8 in. (750 mm x 624 mm)
Given by Mrs Jenny Wolff, 1966
Primary Collection
NPG 4504


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  • David Garrick (1717-1779), Actor, playwright and theatre manager. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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David Garrick was Dr Johnson's first pupil at Edial and with him left Lichfield for London in 1737. Having established a wine business with his brother Peter, Garrick began writing as a journalist and a playwright. He made his first appearance as an actor in Ipswich in 1741 and was immediately successful, particularly when playing Shakespearean roles. He first appeared at the Covent Garden theatre in 1746 and became involved in the management of the Drury Lane theatre a year later. The leading actor of the period, Garrick is seen in this portrait as Kitely from Ben Jonson's Every Man in His Humour, a role he first played in 1751. Given by Mrs J. Wolff, 1966.

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