Strive not Tragedy nor Comedy to engross a Garrick

description below

“Portrait of David Garrick after Reynolds (Mannings 700); standing three-quarter length between Comedy and Tragedy, smiling towards the latter, but allowing the former to tug him towards her; landscape behind.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Purcell, Richard, approximately 1736-approximately 1765, printmaker.
  • Title: Strive not Tragedy nor Comedy to engross a Garrick, who to your noblest characters does equal honour [graphic] / J. Reynolds pinxt. ; C. Corbutt fecit.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Robt. Sayer, map & printseller at the Golden Buck near Serjeants Inn, Fleet Street, [between 1762 and 1766]

Catalog Record

Portraits G41 no. 5+

Acquired April 2023

The gamester : a tragedy

title page

  • Author: Moore, Edward, 1712-1757, author.
  • Title: The gamester : a tragedy / written by Mr. Moore ; marked with the variations in the manager’s book, at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane.
  • Publication: London : Printed for T. Davies, W. Nicoll, S. Bladon, and J. Bew, MDCCLXXXIV [1784]

Catalog Record

768 M78 784

Acquired April 2020

Manuscripts, ca. 1780-1824 / collected by the Hon. Anne Rushout

A collection of some 150 separate pieces, in English and French, neatly attached to pages of good quality paper, in a variety of different hands and dating mainly from ca 1780 to 1824. The manuscripts appear in most cases to have been given to Anne Rushout by acquaintances in her circle, which included Fanny Burney (who describes in her Diary a visit to her in Wanstead in 1784). Almost all are poetry, and include charades, acrostics and riddles culled from various sources including the Thesaurus Aenigmaticus, the Satirist and The Universal Magazine. Names mentioned as writers or subjects, giving an insight into the circle in which Anne moved, include William Hayley, William Shenstone, Colley Cibber, David Garrick, Richard (Bishop) Heber, [Horace] Walpole, Walter Scott, the Sheridans and Sarah Siddons. In addition to the poetical contents there are few printed pieces and two accomplished mathematical conundrums. The principal places mentioned are Northwick Park, Worcestershire (now Gloucestershire), Wanstead Grove and Daylesford Grove.

  • AuthorRushout, Anne, approximately 1768-1849.
  • TitleManuscripts, ca. 1780-1824 / collected by the Hon. Anne Rushout.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss Vol. 232

Acquired July 2017

David Garrick, Esqr.

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Portrait of David Garrick standing whole-length to front with legs crossed and leaning on bust of Shakespeare that stands on a plinth in a garden; he holds a stick in his left hand, as he looks to the right; the Palladian bridge at Prior Park can be seen in the distance at the right; proof before title and margin cleaned, with scratched production details.

  • Printmaker: Green, Valentine, 1739-1813.
  • Title: David Garrick, Esqr. / T. Gainsborough pinxit.; Val. Green fecit.
  • Published: [London] : Published April 2nd 1769, by J Boydell Cheapside No. 90, [2 April 1769].

Catalog Record

Acquired November 2011

To the lovers of the drama

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A monument to David Garrick with a putto holding a copy of the portrait of Garrick by Sir Joshua Reynolds just below the urn at the top. Below them, the muses of comedy and tragedy mourn along with three other puttis and various theatrical emblems. At the bottom of the monument is engraved a quote from Shakespeare: ” … take him for all in all, we shall not look upon his like again.”

  • Engraver: Letton, Thomas.
  • Title: To the lovers of the drama / engrav’d by T. Letton.
  • Published: London : Pub. May 23, 1781, for the proprieor T. Letton, by Mr. Picot, facing Hungerford Coffee House, Strand & Mr. Harris, Sweetings Alley, Cornhill, [23 May 1781].

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Acquired November 2011.