The Life & Career of an English Actor 1717 - 1779

Places To Visit

Garrick’s birthplace at Angel Inn in Hereford no longer exists, although there is a plaque near the place it once stood in corner of Widemarsh Street and Maylord Street. The Museum Resource & Learning Centre in Hereford houses the Garrick Papers along with the Hereford Museum’s collection of portraits, related period artefacts and the Angel House collections. These are displayed and available for viewing through tours, during public open hours and via booked appointments. Garrick was baptised at the church of All Saints, in the High Street Hereford.

  • The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Lichfield contains some Garrick material and gives a good idea of what Lichfield was like at the time that Johnson and Garrrick were growing up there. The Lichfield Cathedral contains a bust of Garrick, with an epitaph by Samuel Johnson.
  • Garrick’s memorial in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey.
  • Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare, Riverside, Hampton Court Road, Hampton, Twickenham, TW12 2EN: See also the article by Twickenham Museum on the Temple to Shakespeare.
  • Garrick’s Villa, at Twickenham, on the north side of the Hampton Court Road, is now private apartments, but is visible from the road. See the article on.
  • The National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE. The Gallery has 74 portraits and prints of David Garrick, and four of Mrs Garrick. Only a few of these are on public display. A portrait of Garrick as ‘Kiteley’ in ‘Every man in his humour’ and a double portrait of David and Eva Maria Garrick by Sir Joshua Reynolds hang in Room 12, ‘The Arts in the later 18th Century’. In this room you can see portraits of many of their friends and contemporaries, including Dr Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, George Colman, Peg Woffington, Philippe Jaques de Loutherourg.
  • The National Portrait Gallery collection at Beningborough Hall, Yorkshire, has on display a portrait of David Garrick, by the school of Johan Zoffany. There are many portraits, engravings, sculptures etc. of David Garrick in the Royal Collection. Only one of these is on display, a posthumous bust carved by Sir Richard Westmacott c. 1791-2, which is at Windsor Castle.
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW has a collection of Garrick-related material in their museum and archive.
  • The Garrick Club has a large collection of Garrick material, though their collections can only be viewed by appointment.