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David Garrick


Oil on canvas




Height: 47cm
Width: 35cm
height (frame): 62cm
width (frame): 49cm


Robert Baddeley; [Supposedly Baddeley left the portrait to the Drury Lane Theatrical Fund, but that institution never received it; in his will Baddeley left his pictures to Mrs Catherine Strickland, his executrix]; according to Fitzgerald “The Garrick Club” (1904), Baddeley gave the portrait to Billy Dunn, who transferred it to Roland Stevenson, a banker; Stevenson sale, Christie's? 13 April 1829 (15) (as "J. Reynolds Portrait of Garrick unfinished) bt. for £8 10s. by Charles Mathews; but a letter from E. T. Smith to “The Era” on 29 January 1854 states that Baddeley did give the picture to Dunn, who gave it to Roland "Stephenson"; at Stephenson's sale after his death it was purchased by Mathews, but at his death it was sold to John Durrant. Probably it was Durrant who gave it to the Garrick Club.

Other number

Mathews 123 (by Hogarth)
RW/CKA 135

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (123) 1948 Paris Bibliotheque Nationale (British Council) "La vie Britannique à Paris" 1951 London, Tate Gallery, "Pictures from the Garrick Club" (44) 1975 London, Hayward Gallery, "The Georgian Playhouse" (89) 2003 Bath, Holbourne Museum "Every Look Speaks: Portraits of David Garrick"


Percy Fitzgerald “The History of the Garrick Club” p.154; “The Era” 29 January 1854; Lady Victoria Manners and Dr G. C. Williamson “John Zoffany” (1920) p.140

Only the head of the portrait is finished; the canvas has possibly been cut down from a larger intended work.
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