Publisher: [London:] Painted by Wm. Hogarth [&] Engraved by Wm. Hogarth & C. Grignion, 1746.
Edition: First edition, later impression, of an engraving after Hogarth’s original oil portrait.
Condition: Some skillful paper restorations to the margins (particularly the lower margin); image fine and bright.
Book ID: 20027
DescriptionOriginal engraving, 18.5 x 25 inches (sheet size); 16.75 x 20.75 inches (plate size).
Comments¶ One of the most famous 18th century dramatic images from the English stage, with Garrick playing Richard III in the famous tent scene (Act 5, Scene 7) prior to the battle of Bosworth when Richard is panicked by the ghosts of his murder victims and their forecasts of his doom. The original painting, which now which hangs at the National Museum in Liverpool, is slightly larger than 6 x 8 feet. Charles Grignion and Hogarth collaborated on many engravings after Hogarth’s paintings. ¶ It was the part of Richard III that made Garrick the sensation of the London theatre scene in 1741, and established his reputation. This print was engraved at about the time Garrick was assuming the role as the manager the Drury Lane Theater.