Nathaniel Dane-Holland Portrait Painting - Portrait of David Garrick as Richard III (Act 5)
Want more images or videos?
Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 5

Nathaniel Dane-Holland
Portrait of David Garrick as Richard III (Act 5)

About

“Some of the best-known of all Shakespearean theatrical portraits are those of the actor and impresario David Garrick in his premier role as Richard III. Nathaniel Dance’s painting, exhibited at the Royal Academy exhibition of 1771, was one of dozens of portraits of Garrick which were frequently reproduced for the theatre-going public of the eighteenth century. The original work, which measures seven by four feet and now hangs in the town hall at Stratford-on-Avon, was commissioned by Garrick himself. This painting is one of many extant smaller versions, and may have been painted for a member of Garrick’s family.” The painting which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1771 (no. 54) was well received when it was shown. Walpole considered it to be “good and bold,” and William Hayley praised it highly in his Poetical Epistle to an Eminent Painter. It was engraved in mezzotint by John Dixon (1720-1804), and this engraving was published by John Boydell in 1772. The National Theatre Collection in London has a copy believed to have been made after the mezzotint engraving by Dixon. The Folger Library in Washington D.C. also has a copy which was acquired in 1925. “Dance belonged to the fashionable literary and artistic world which surrounded Garrick, and documented this theatrical revolution. As the eighteenth century’s most famous actor, Garrick is credited with introducing a natural style, and with the use of period costume to enhance historical accuracy. Garrick produced twenty-four of Shakespeare’s plays when he was manager of the Drury Lane Theatre, and, in 1769, organized the Shakespeare Jubilee at Stratford. His enthusiasm and promotion of Shakespeare’s work greatly stimulated the public’s interest in the plays and contributed to their use as subjects for engravings and paintings. He was closely associated with the role of Richard III, which he first acted in 1741 at the Goodman’s Fields Theatre. Dance depicts the battle at Bosworth Field as a backdrop for the actor who lunges forward exhorting his troops in what will be the fatal confrontation with Henry Tudor. This smaller work faithfully reproduces the larger canvas, which was clearly intended to represent the intensity of Garrick’s stage performance in the dramatic expression of his face and clenched fist.”

Details

  • Artist
    Nathaniel Dane-Holland (1734 - 1811, English)
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
    H 37.5 in. x W 23.25 in.H 95.25 cm x W 59.06 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU56711973433
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Framed size 41.25" x 27"Price: $55,000
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2017
Located in New Orleans, LA
More From This Seller
Portrait
Portrait
Ferdinand Toussaint
20th Century Portrait Paintings
Canvas, Organic Material, Oil
Belgium won its independence from The Netherlands in 1830 and 1831, but its artistic links to that country and France remained strong. However, between 1890 and the First World War B...
Elegante dans le jardin
Elegante dans le jardin
Louis Piot
19th Century Portrait Paintings
Canvas, Oil
In a fine portrait the painter must do more than simply present a faithful record of a person’s appearance. The most successful portraitists of any era have created a mystique around...
Boule de Neige
Boule de Neige
Philippe Bonamy
20th Century Portrait Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Philippe Bonamy is a gifted contemporary French painter of still-life flowers, young girlhood, and nudes. He was born on June 17, 1926. Bonamy studied art at the Ecole des Beaux-Ar...
An Austrian lady in court dress
An Austrian lady in court dress
Anton Nowak
19th Century Portrait Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Viennese actress in the costume of one of her signature roles. Her hair is attractively adorned with a string of pearls. She is wearing an elaborate, high neck gown of richly patter...
You May Also Like
La Perla
La Perla
Ricardo Rosales
21st Century and Contemporary Baroque Figurative Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Ricardo Rosales born, Mexico City, 1940. Studied: University ofMexico. Real name: Ricardo Sanchez (no middle name). Chose mother’s last name of “Rosallini” as a professional painte...
Is the sun burning your retina ?Julien Wolf, Contemporary Expressionist painting
Is the sun burning your retina ?Julien Wolf, Co...
Julien Wolf
2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Oil on canvas 2018 Signed Unique work Julien Wolf is a French painter born in 1981 in Strasbourg, France. In 2007, he graduated from the DNSEP Art section at the Strasbourg Decora...
Isa, Génie, Catou, Patoche and Didine - Julien Wolf, 21st Century, Painting
Isa, Génie, Catou, Patoche and Didine - Julien ...
Julien Wolf
2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Oil on canvas 2018 Signed on the back Unique work
What should I do with the ball ? Julien Wolf Contemporary Expressionist Painting
What should I do with the ball ? Julien Wolf Co...
Julien Wolf
2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Oil on canvas 2018 Signed Unique work Julien Wolf is a French painter born in 1981 in Strasbourg, France. In 2007, he graduated from the DNSEP Art section at the Strasbourg Decora...
Red head - Marie-Hélène Fabra 21st Century Contemporary Figurative painting
Red head - Marie-Hélène Fabra 21st Century Cont...
Marie-Hélène Fabra
2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Oil paint on canvas Signed by the artist
He grabs it by the tail - Julien Wolf, Contemporary Expressionist Painting
He grabs it by the tail - Julien Wolf, Contempo...
Julien Wolf
2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Oil on canvas 2019 Signed Unique work Julien Wolf is a French painter who was born in Strasbourg in 1981, France. He graduated in 2007 at the DNSEP Art and Decorative Art section a...
The sorcerer's apprentice -Timothy Archer, 21st Century painting, Figurative art
The sorcerer's apprentice -Timothy Archer, 21st...
Timothy ARCHER
2010s Contemporary Figurative Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Oil paint and pastel on canvas Signed and dated by the artist
Jeremy on acid - Julien Wolf, 21st Century, Contemporary figurative painting
Jeremy on acid - Julien Wolf, 21st Century, Con...
Julien Wolf
2010s Expressionist Figurative Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Oil on canvas Signed Unique work

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries