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Garrick in the Green Room.
Garrick in the Green Room. From the original of the same size Painted by Hogarth in the Possession of the Publisher, J.W. Southgate, 22 Fleet Street.
Painted by W.m Hogarth [but Pietro Longhi]. Engraved by William Ward, Engraver to H.R.H. The Duke of Clarence. Printed by J. Lahee.
[n.d., c.1829.]
Scarce mezzotint. Sheet 560 x 740mm (22 x 29"). Trimmed within plate on three sides. Few minor repairs. Repaired tear top centre.
David Garrick lounging in a chair, arm raised to an informal audience. Behind the actor is the winged figure of Fame. According to a key in G. Daniel's "A Biographical and Critical Analysis of a Picture' (published in 1829, probably to coincide with the publication of this print), the audience consists of other English actors and Garrick's family, with William Hogarth at the front, back to the audience, head turned, gesturing at Garrick. These attributions were made by the owner of the painting and publisher of the print, James Webb Southgate, who, as an auctioneer and art dealer, had a vested interest in improving the attribution. The BM now attributes the painting to Pietro Longhi (1701-85) and describes the scene as Garrick in a Venetian salon in front of the Duke of Parma; The Lady Lever Art Gallery, where the painting currently resides, titles it merely 'A Poet Declaiming His Verses', despite the masks of comedy and tragedy under the seat suggesting a more theatrical theme.
BM 1856,0308.1322; Lady Lever Art Gallery LL 3526; Highfill, 'A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers', vol 6, p.84.
[Ref: 53917]   £480.00  
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