The Life & Career of an English Actor 1717 - 1779

Garrick In The Character Of Richard III
E.J. Portbury, after William hogarth, c.1850
Garrick between Tragedy And Comedy
Edward fisher, after Joshus Reynolds, 1762
Garrick In The Character If Abel Drugger
J.Dixon. after Johan Zoffany, 1791
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Welcome to Herefordshire Museum Service’s David Garrick collections

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David Garrick, the second son and third child of Peter and Arabella Garrick, was born at the Angel Inn, Hereford, on 19 February 1717. David’s grandfather, David de la Garrique, was a Huguenot who fled France in 1685, and David’s father Peter was brought to England in 1687.

David Garrick (19 February 1717 – 20 January 1779) was an English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer who influenced nearly all aspects of theatrical practice throughout the 18th century, and was a pupil and friend of Dr Samuel Johnson.

He appeared in a number of amateur theatricals, and with his appearance in the title role of Shakespeare’s Richard III, audiences and managers began to take notice.

A brief biography and timeline of key events in the life of David Garrick.
Images and transcripts of the David Garrick papers in the Hereford Collection.
How to find out more about David Garrick and places to visit with our useful links.
Information about portraits and images from the Hereford Collection.

Visit The David Garrick Collection

Come and see this intriguing collection containing the Garrick Papers with related pictures and objects, including artefacts from Angel House, where Garrick was born.