Pub.d as the Act Directs July 10. 1779 by W. Richardson No. 68 High Holborn
Mezzotint, good impression with very large margins; platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Uncut.
David Garrick (1717-1779), English actor and theatrical manager. The most celebrated actor of his day, he did more than anyone else to change the British acting style, which prioritised energy and engagement above accuracy and control. As a manager (primarily of the Drury Lane Theatre, Covent Garden) he presided over the creation of Shakespeare as national poet and icon, while shaping the texts to suit the demands of his patrons. The supremacy of Drury Lane during Garrick's management was not to be matched until Irving's reign at the Lyceum in the following century, and in the names of pubs and streets, and the famous Garrick Club, Covent Garden is filled with echoes of one of the greatest men to have occupied the area. From a set of small mezzotint portraits of actors published by the printseller William Richardson in 1779. Garrick had died a few months before the print was published. Engraved after a painting by draughtsman and singer Robert Dighton (1751-1814) by the mezzotint engraver and printseller Robert Laurie (1755?-1836). Music, instruments and mask (representing theatre) in title area.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallenstein collection and collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 1 iii/iii.
[Ref: 36675] £330.00