David Garrick as Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing 1770 © Sarah Vernon

David Garrick as Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing 1770 © Sarah Vernon

Often referred to as the first modern practitioner, actor-manager, poet and dramatist David Garrick [1717 – 1779] was a treasure not to miss when visiting 18th century London. A show at Drury Lane, a theatre he managed for almost thirty years, was de rigueur. The original painting from which this print was taken was done in 1770 by Jean Louis Fesch.

‘By the time of his retirement in 1776, [David} Garrick’s reforms had revitalised the theatre. He had put it at the heart of English culture. He had established the centrality of Shakespeare and, above all, he had made the theatre fashionable. At a funeral appropriate for a head of state, dukes and earls competed to carry his coffin. Dr [Samuel] Johnson wrote: “His profession made him rich and he made his profession respectable.”‘ Max Stafford-Clark in The Guardian 5th October 2002.

Not yet available for sale as my lovely duff connection has made it impossible to upload it to my galleries and I haven’t had a chance to visit a local taverna with WiFi. I will update this page as and when.

Update 8 March 2015
Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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