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A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Volume 6, Garrick to by Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

Unlike one another, quantity five is a sociological portrait of in most cases little humans of their tragic and comedian efforts to accomplish reputation at the London level through the recovery and eighteenth century, while quantity 6 is dom­inated by way of the glamour of David Gar­rick, Nell Gwyn, and Joseph Grimaldi, the prestigious clown. a few 250 por­traits individualize the good and small of the theatres of London.

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To Garrick this was the very breath of a splendid new-found life. To his brother Peter it was degrading notoriety, the more notorious the more degrading. David was hurt but stubborn, replying The Uneasiness I have receiv'd wth Yr Letter is inexpressible; however 'twas a Shock I expected & had guarded Myself as well as I could against it . . I am not so much to blame as You Seem to think I am. . & indeed the Trade we have if You will reflect very seriously can never be Sufficient to Maintain Me & a Servant hansomelyAs for ye Stage, I know in ye General it deserves Yr Censure, but if You will consider how hansomely & how reputably Some have liv'd .

Although it had no Woffington and no Clive, the presence of Quin, the tragedy queens Mrs Cibber and Mrs Pritchard, and the fine comedian Page 16 Woodward more than compensated. The coming of Garrick practically insured the best season Rich had ever enjoyed. Contrary to some expectations, the rough and skeptical veteran Quin received Garrick with kindness and cooperation. Both the devices which Garrick and Sheridan had found useful in Dublin were tried: Quin and Garrick in succession in the same character, Richard III, and in tandem in the By gracious permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIGARRICK's proportions compared to QUIN'S by Hogarth same play, and Quin as his famous Falstaff in I Henry IV and, on 6 December 1746, Garrick as Hotspur, though that part was so unsatisfactory that Garrick never acted it again.

Garrick was then 20 and had not yet shown any real interest in any of the occupations suggested to him. Walmesley, with his usual courtesy, had arranged for him to continue to study with the Rev Mr John Colson at Rochester, with a view to preparing for a career at the bar. But after a few months Colson was called to a chair at Cambridge, and Garrick's formal education ended. Garrick did, indeed, rather prematurely enter himself at Lincoln's Inn, paying down his £3 3s. 4d. for that privilege on 9 March 1737.

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