Isaac and Ede Antique Prints
Reynolds: Garrick

Samuel Reynolds after Nathanial Dance

Garrick in the Character of Richard 3rd

13 x 18.5 inches

A mezzotint portrait by Samuel William Reynolds after the portrait of David Garrick by Nathanial Dance, published in London by Colnaghi in 1825.

This magnificent portrait shows David Garrick in one of his favourite roles as Richard III. The original painting by Nathanial Dance was exhibited at The Royal Academy in 1771. It was originally engraved by John Dixon in 1772 but such was the popularity of the image that it was re-commissioned and engraved by Reynolds in 1825. Garrick first played the part of Richard III in 1741 and was famously painted and engraved in the role by William Hogarth. He continued to be cast throughout his acting career and in 1773

The Morning Post gave him the following write-up:
Mr. Garrick appeared in Richard the Third last night for the first time these four years and performed it throughout to the astonishment and admiration of a most numerous and fashionable audience...for in the heat of the action he flew through the narrow pass of trees with such uncommon martial agility, that we thought the house would never have ceased the applause they bellowed upon it.


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