[Garrick leaning on bust of Shakespeare]
Published April 2nd 1769 By J. Boydell Cheapside No. 90
Mezzotint, platemark 625 x 385mm (24½ x 15¼"). On wove paper; repairs.
David Garrick (1717-1779), actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer who was the most important theatrical figure of his age. Garrick was a friend and one-time pupil of Dr Samuel Johnson, who he followed to London to make his name. Engraved by Valentine Green (one of his earliest prints) from the portrait which Garrick commissioned from his friend Thomas Gainsborough (c.1766-9, formerly in the Stratford-upon-Avon museum but since destroyed by fire). Garrick's pose, which shows the actor in the grounds of his Hampton-on-Thames residence, deliberately echoes Schneemakers' memorial to Shakespeare in Westminster Abbey.
Ex: collection of the late Hon C. Lennox-Boyd; Whitman 7 i/ii; Horne 7 i; CS 46 i; for Schneemakers' Shakespeare memorial see ref. 34623.
[Ref: 36617] £390.00