Framed oil painting: David Garrick in ‘Richard III’ by William Shakespeare, by Francis Hayman (c.1708-1776), oil on canvas 1760

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2010.2.1

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Framed oil painting: David Garrick in ‘Richard III’ by William Shakespeare, by Francis Hayman (c.1708-1776), oil on canvas 1760

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David Garrick in ‘Richard III’ by William Shakespeare
Francis Hayman (about 1708-1776)
Oil on canvas, 1760
Signed and dated F H 1760

Shakespeare’s Richard III was the role that launched David Garrick’s career in 1741. He was portrayed as the ill-fated king by several artists, including Hogarth. This portrait is based on the 1759 production at Garrick’s Drury Lane theatre. Hayman, a friend of the actor, has depicted him at the climax of the Battle of Bosworth, as he offers his ‘kingdom for a horse’.

Hayman exhibited this painting at the first exhibition of the Society of Artists in 1760.


The Somerset Maugham Collection, transferred from the National Theatre

2010.2.2

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