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Medal - David Garrick

David Garrick

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1772 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pingo, Lewis, born 1743 - died 1830 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.111-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicting David Garrick is made by Lewis Pingo in England in 1772.
The celebrated actor David Garrick (1717-1779) was at the height of his popularity in 1772, when the medal was struck. He was one of the greatest British actors, of whom Burke said that 'he raised the character of his profession to the rank of liberal art'. He was responsible for a radical change of style of English acting in his day, and during his long management of Drury Lane Theatre instituted many reforms in front of and behind the curtain, the most important being the introduction of stage lighting concealed from the audience.

Physical description

Obverse: Draped bust of David Garrick, bareheaded, facing right, inscription.
Reverse: Three female figures representing Tragedy, Comedy and Music, inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1772 (dated)

Artist/maker

Pingo, Lewis, born 1743 - died 1830 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'DAVID GARRICK' [and signed] 'L.PINGO.F'
obverse

'HE UNITED ALL YOUR POWERS' [exergue] 'MDCCLXXII'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 4 cm

Object history note

Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy, in 1978.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, portrait of David Garrick, by Lewis Pingo, English, 1772

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1760-1960, Vol I, The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, London, 1980, cat. no. 160

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Female figure

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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