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  • Zoffany Paintings of Garrick at Bowes Museum
  • Geoff Davidson

A recent exhibition at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of David Garrick's birth, included two rarely seen works by Johann Zoffany that are now permanently at the museum. Painted in 1762 they illustrate Garrick with Mary Bradshaw in Garrick's play The Farmer's Return from London [Plate 1] and with Mrs Cibber in Thomas Otway's Venice Preserv'd [Plate 2]. The paintings were sold by Garrick's widow, Eva Marian, at Christie's in 1823. Having remained in a family's ownership until recently, they were transferred to the Nation, through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, administered by the Arts Council, and placed in the care of the Bowes Museum


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Plate 1.

David Garrick with Mary Bradshaw in his The Farmer's Return from London by Johann Zoffany (1762) (102.6 cm x 127 cm). © The Bowes Museum.

The exhibition also included four works from the Victoria and Albert Museum. They showed Garrick as Don John in John Fletcher's The Chances, by Philippe de [End Page 169] Loutherbourg; as Shakespeare's King Lear, by Richard Houston and Charles Spencer after Benjamin Wilson; as Shakespeare's Romeo, by Benjamin Wilson and as Shakespeare's Richard III, taken by Charles Grignon from the painting by William Hogarth.

Garrick in Richard III was illustrated also in Francis Hayman's painting loaned by the Holburne Museum, Bath, together with another Zoffany, showing Edward Shuter, John Beard and John Dunstable in Thomas Arne's Love in a Village. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, contributed two sketches by Zoffany to the exhibition, showing Garrick as Abel Drugger in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist.


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Plate 2.

David Garrick and Mrs Cibber in Otway's Venice Preserv'd by Johann Zoffany (1762) (101.6 cm x 127 cm). © The Bowes Museum.

The Museum of London loaned the exhibition Francis Hayman's painting of Garrick with Mrs Pritchard in Benjamin Hoadly's Suspicious Husband. A further Zoffany painting showing Garrick in John Vanburgh's The Provok'd Wife came from The Wolverhampton Art Gallery. [End Page 170]

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ISSN
2051-8358
Print ISSN
0040-5523
Pages
pp. 169-170
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-04
Open Access
No
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