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Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick, Esq. (Vol. 2)

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Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 5 Feb 2019

Biographical History

David Garrick (1717-1779) was an influential English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer known for his realistic and natural portrayal of characters, a contrast with the grandiose and dramatic style of the times. He was a pupil and friend of Dr. Samuel Johnson.

Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick, Esq. was written in the mid-18th century by Thomas Davies. The full title is "Memoirs of the life of David Garrick, Esq. : interspersed with characters and anecdotes of his theatrical contemporaries : the whole forming a history of the stage, which includes a period of thirty-six years." This particular edition was the product of Samuel Gosnell, printer; William Evans, engraver; Sir Joshua Reynolds, illustrator; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme of Paternoster Row, booksellers.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick, Esq. (Vol. 2) consists of pages from vol. 2 of Memoirs by Thomas Davies (London, 1808) pasted into a large album, with the title stamped in gold on the spine. Based on the different sizes of the sheets, pages/illustrations from other publications may be interspersed. Nothing is known of the creator of the volume.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single volume.


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Related Material

Syracuse University Libraries has numerous other editions of this book from the 18th and 19th centuries. Please refer to the Classic Catalog to locate these copies.

Subject Headings


Davies, Thomas, ca. 1712-1785.
Garrick, David, 1717-1779.
Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792.


Actors -- Biography.
Actors -- England.
Theater -- England -- London -- History.


London (England) -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick, Esq. (Vol. 2),
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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