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DANIEL, George (1789--1864)
Garrick in the Green Room! A biographical and critical analysis of a picture, painted by William Hogarth, and engraved by William Ward. By George Daniel.
London:, James Webb Southgate,, 1829.
33, [1] p, 1 fold. pl. ; 20.1 cm. (4º)

The original picture, which had supposedly turned up in a rubbish sale in Bristol and had never been engraved, was offered to Soane, his fine collection of Hogarths being proverbial, by the bookseller E. Wheatley on 7 March 1825. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.21). The painting eventually passed to the publisher James Webb Southgate who published the mezzotint by Ward and the present descriptive pamphlet in 1829. The folding plate contains a key to the audience in the scene, identified as members of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The attribution to Hogarth was accepted until 1933 when the original picture, now at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool was identified from a related drawing by Pietro Longhi in the Correr Museum in Venice, depicting Garrick delivering a scene from Macbeth to the Duke of Parma (see British Museum Catalogue of Prints and Drawings, accessed 5 February 2013). Wheatley's letter together with Soane's letter of acknowledgement for the gift of the print (see copy note) is published in A.T. Bolton, The portrait of Sir John Soane, R.A. (London 1927), p. 490.

Copy Notes The print (and presumably the pamphlet) was presented to Soane in 1833 by the publisher of both as a Tribute of Respect for his Munificent Patronage of the Fine Arts according to the inscription in the margin of the print, which is further inscribed only 6 proofs on India Paper. Soane's letter of acknowledgment to Southgate was accompanied by a copy of Soane's Description of the house and museum ... (Priv. Corr. II.S.16).

Binding C19th quarter maroon roan, grey paper boards.

Reference Number 2032

Additional Names Hogarth, William (1697--1764); Garrick, David (1717--1779); Southgate, James Webb, donor; Longhi, Pietro (1702--1785); Ward, William James (1800--1840)

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