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David Garrick

5 of 56 portraits of David Garrick

David Garrick, by Thomas Gainsborough, 1770 - NPG 5054 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

David Garrick

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, 1770
29 3/4 in. x 24 7/8 in. (756 mm x 632 mm)
Purchased, 1975
Primary Collection
NPG 5054


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

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  • Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter. Artist associated with 262 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

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Described as 'very like' when seen by Horace Walpole at the Royal Academy exhibition in 1770, the portrait was retained by Gainsborough in his studio for two years while he made a copy which he told Garrick was intended 'to hang in my own parlour, to look when I please at a Great Man, who has thought me worthy of some little notice'.

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