David Garrick ('Mr Garrick in the Character of Richard III')

1 portrait of David Garrick

David Garrick ('Mr Garrick in the Character of Richard III'), by Charles Grignion, by and after  William Hogarth, published 20 June 1746 (1741) - NPG D34378 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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)
16 3/8 in. x 20 1/8 in. (416 mm x 512 mm) plate size; 18 1/8 in. x 22 1/4 in. (461 mm x 565 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D34378

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Sitterback to top

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

Artistsback to top

  • Charles Grignion (1721-1810), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
  • William Hogarth (1697-1764), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 126 portraits, Sitter associated with 19 portraits.

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Garrick was the first actor to seriously harness the power of portraiture. Collaborating with many leading artists of the day he helped to create a new genre of portraiture that is so full of drama you feel as if you have a front row seat. The portrait of Garrick as Richard III, trembling with fear on the eve of the battle of Bosworth, shows that William Hogarth also understood how the theatrical experience could be exploited on canvas. When reproduced as engravings, such affordable portraiture advanced both artist and actor's fame and celebrity.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D34381: David Garrick ('Mr Garrick in the Character of Richard III') (based on same portrait)
  • NPG D8363: David Garrick as Richard III (based on same portrait)

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