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Relief - David Garrick (1717-1779)

David Garrick (1717-1779)

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    England (Made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stewart, Robert (Maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax in giltwood frame

  • Credit Line:

    From the Mary Bate Collection.

  • Museum number:

    A.37-1970

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

David Garrick is shown in profile facing to the right, wearing an open shirt and an actor's jacket with ribbed sleeves. His loose wavy hair is tied with a ribbon at the base of the neck. Garrick was an influential English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer. He promoted realistic acting departing from the bombastic style which had been popular.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, low relief portraits in wax became popular in Britain and they were often exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists and elsewhere. Waxes were used in a similar way to prints and medals, in order to disseminate the image of the sitter, or, like miniature paintings or silhouettes as portable mementoes.

Physical description

The profile relief of the actor, in cream wax on dark red painted glass, is shown facing to the right. He wears an open shirt and an actor's jacket with ribbed sleeves. His loose wavy hair is tied with a ribbon at the base of the neck.

Place of Origin

England (Made)

Date

1800-1850 (Made)

Artist/maker

Stewart, Robert (Maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wax in giltwood frame

Marks and inscriptions

'Stewart / modeller / of / Portrait wax / Engraver & Print Seller / no. 287 near Great Turnstile, Holborn. / Drawings & prints framed for / Miniature & Other Pictures. / Drawing & prints framed / & Glazed in / the Newest, neatest & most Elegant manner'.
Reads a trade card on the reverse.

Dimensions

Height: 19 cm, Width: 16 cm

Object history note

From the Mary Bate Collection, ex. loan 47. Bought from Philip Bate for £120.

John May (dealer) 40, Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BX sold a box with grisaille enamel painting of Garrick on the lid, based on the same source as this wax (June 1988).

Historical context note

John May (dealer), 40 Kensington Church St, London, W8 4BX sold a box with a grisaille enamel painting of Garrick on the lid, based on the same source as this wax (June 1988).

Descriptive line

Relief, Wax, English, by Robert Stewart (d.1784),

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

Pyke, E.J. Biographical Dictionary of Wax Modellers, Oxford, 1973, p.142

Materials

Wax

Categories

Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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