Saturday, 16 September 2017

Busts David Garrick at the Garrick Club

The Busts of David Garrick 
at the Garrick Club.

John van Nost III

Height: 54cm

Width: 50cm

Depth: 20cm

The form of the socle was used by Nollekens but suggests a later cast perhaps by Shout or Sarti.

A bust of Shakespeare by Shout (below) is in the Garrick Collection and has a very similar socle detail.



Inscribed Shout on the back

Height: 55cm Width: 45cm   Depth: 22cm


David Garrick 
From a plaster bust supplied by Hoskins and Grant
Reworked by William Hackwood?

Height: 43.5cm  Width: 30.5cm  Depth: 18cm

Socle replaced.

According to the Wedgwood archives, James Hoskins and Benjamin Grant supplied Wedgwood with busts of Garrick and Sterne in 1779. 

Other busts supplied during the previous four years included Swift, Milton, Spenser, Chaucer, Addison, Pope, Locke, Dryden, Dr Johnson, Ben Jonson, Sir William Reigley, Prior, Congreve, Fletcher, Beaumont, Bacon, Boyle, Harvey, and Newton. The bust is based on an example of the Van Nost bust; the ribbons and folds around the neck are reproduced exactly. However, there is much more flare in the modelling of the hair, and the face is modelled with more distinction.


Life Mask of David Garrick

Supposedly taken by John van Nost III.


David Garrick
Life Mask
12" x 9"
Robert Edge Pine (1730 - 88)
4 April 1779

Folger Shakespeare Library

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