David Garrick as Richard III
David Garrick as Richard III
Return to Shakespeare and London 100 items
Record No
David Garrick as Richard III
This is the role that propelled the actor manager and playwright David Garrick (1717-1779) to stardom. His first professional performance as Richard III in front of a London audience was at the theatre in Goodman's Fields on 19th October 1741. The play had to be presented as free entertainment within a musical concert because it was in an unlicensed theatre. Garrick was not named on the playbill but simply listed as: A gentleman (who never appeared on any stage). His more expressive portrayal of King Richard was a revelation compared to acting styles of the time and audiences flocked to see him The version of Shakespeare's play Garrick performed had been adapted in 1700 by the poet, dramatist and theatre manager Colley Cibber (1671-1757). Cibber cut the original text by half and inserted extracts from other Shakespeare plays. It remained the most popular version performed until the 20th century. The engraving by William Hogarth is copied from his grand history painting c.1745 and shows the tent scene before the Battle of Bosworth in which King Richard is haunted by the ghosts of those he murdered.
Date of execution
London Metropolitan Archives
Hogarth Collection
Hogarth, William (1697-1764)
Hogarth, William (1697-1764)
Catalogue No
Buy this image

You can obtain a high-quality print of this image to hang on you wall at home using the form below. The frame you see in the photographs is for illustrative purposes. We only sell the print or poster. You can also purchase a digital file and a usage licence from a wide range of options including editorial and academic uses and product sales.

We aim to process all orders within 5 working days.

Once you have selected your options, the total price will be displayed at the bottom of the page. This includes the cost of the print or digital file, and the cost of the usage licence you have selected (where applicable).

If your usage is not listed, please contact us.

Please note that all licences obtained from the London Picture Archive are subject to our Image Usage Licence Terms and Conditions. Please read the terms and conditions before proceeding with your purchase.

Required information
Media options

Please select your required print size or digital file format. If you require a larger print or file size please contact us.