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Follower of Sir Joshua Reynolds - A Fine Late 18th Century Oil on Canvas Portrait Depicting David Garrick Between Tragedy and Comedy, The Painting Bearing a Date of 1776

  • Reference : RAHAF01
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : INCLUDING FRAME 41 1/2" x 35"
  • Price : £4250


Sourced from a private collection in Suffolk;

David Garrick (1717-79) was deemed the greatest figure in 18th Century English theatre.

He began his acting career at Goodman's Fields, London, in 1741 after studying under Dr Johnson.

He wrote over forty dramas/plays, adapting a number of Shakespeare's works.

Garrick recognised the importance of pictures in advertising and he therefore sat for every notable painter of the period.  He was painted in many mediums including watercolours, oils, pastel, pencil and even modelled in terrocotta.  His image appeared on playing cards and Wedgewood and Bentley even modelled him in jasperware as a plaque.

Reynolds exhibited "Garrick between Tragedy and Comedy" in 1762 at the Society of Artists. This led the way for further "theatrical conversation piece" pictures to be undertaken by other accomplished artists. According to Beattie, Reynolds declared that he had "begun and finished" this portrait within a week!  Records, including Reynolds' own pocket book indicate it may have taken a little longer.

The painting is first mentioned by Horace Walpole's "Book of Materials" in 1761 where he makes makes reference to the compositon of the figures and then states that Lord Halifax gave Reynolds £300 for it!

There are a number of fine copies of this painting in private collections including The Garrick Club and The Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Trust.

This fine example is presented within an authentic 17th Century gilt oak-leaf pattern frame. A date of 1767 can be seen to the bottom right corner of the photgraphs of the painting (left side actual on painting itself).

Condition - Cleaned, relined and reframed.  This painting displays very well and would grace any home.

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