Richard The Third,To the right honble. Baroness Howe, This print representing Garrick in the character of Richard the III, in the memorable Battle of Bosworth Field, Is dedicated by her ladyships most obedient humble Servant, John Boultbee.
Chester, Published by John Boultbee, Jany, 21st 1811.
Stipple with etching, open letter state, 565 x 405mm. 22¼ x 16". Repaired small tear into upper margin and on right.
David Garrick (1717 - 1779), the greatest actor of his age, in a dramatic scene in the title role of William Shakespeare's history play Richard III. His costume is a suit of armour and robe, his sword is drawn and his helmet lies on the ground as he is surrounded by hostile forces; dying horse behind him. The painting by Hayman was probably prompted by Garrick's revival of the play at Drury Lane in 1759, although the attempts at historical veracity in evidence here owe more to history painting than the conventions of theatrical portraiture. The painting is in the collection of London's National Theatre.
Harvard p.104, 278; Brian Allen, 'Francis Hayman'
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