6 of 56 portraits of David Garrick
by Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
5 3/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (136 mm x 114 mm)
Given by Miss Katharine R. Image, 1948
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Sitterback to top
- David Garrick (1717-1779), Actor, playwright and theatre manager. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) (1735-1811), Painter. Artist associated with 61 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Garrick loved having his portrait painted and his celebrity owed much to the many paintings, drawings and engravings of him made from the 1740s. This intimate portrait was drawn at the actor's breakfast table.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 183
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 238
Events of 1771back to top
Current affairsArtist Benjamin West exhibits his celebrated modern history painting The Death of Wolfe at the Royal Academy, commemorating the death of General James Wolfe at the 1759 Battle of Quebec during the Seven Years' War. The painting creates a sensation and George III commissions a copy. Reporting of parliamentary debates is permitted.
Art and scienceRichard Arkwright begins to develop cotton mills at Cromford in the Derwent Valley, Derbyshire; one of the earliest factory complexes.Botanist James Robertson makes the first recorded ascent of Ben Nevis.Encyclopedia Britannica is completed with 2,931 pages. First recorded cricket match is played in Horsham, West Sussex.
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