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Garrick, the Celebrity



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David Garrick as Hamlet (opposite side shows William Shakespeare). Double-sided enamel pendant, 1769

David Garrick as King Lear. Worcester porcelain saucer, ca. 1775.

Scent bottle case depicting David Garrick. Enamel, ca. 1780-90

David Garrick was one of the first real celebrities. People would travel great distances to see him perform onstage. Garrick was good at promoting himself and his face can be found on many objects in the exhibition like the ones below.

 

If Garrick were alive, where do you think we would find his face today? Think of three different modern objects that Garrick might appear on or advertise. Try drawing these objects with Garrick's image.

 

Do you see any similarities with the way famous actors advertise products today?

 


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