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David Garrick (1717–1779), a celebrated actor and playwright, travelled in Italy in 1763–1765; his portrait by Batoni was made as a gift for Richard Kaye, in exchange for an antique gem that Kaye had found at the Baths of Caracalla. Garrick holds an illustrated edition (1736) of Terence's 'Comedies', with a page showing the masks for the 'Andria' copied from a manuscript in the Vatican Library.
oil on canvas
H 76 x W 63 cm
Transferred from the Bodleian Library, 1845