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David Garrick

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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The celebrated actor, David Garrick (1717–1779), bought out the young German artist, Zoffany, from his apprenticeship with Benjamin Wilson in 1762 and became one of his most consistent patrons. Most of Zoffany's portraits of Garrick show him either in character on the stage or in conversation pieces. Here, he is seen in an informal pose without his wig, but with the traditional device of masks of Comedy and Tragedy below.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 75.2 x W 62.7 cm

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Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax from the estate of Mrs Joan Cecily Conway and allocated to the Ashmolean Museum, 1999

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