Garrick, David (1717 -1779)

David Garrick was the third son of Peter Garrick and Arabella Clough. He was educated at Loughborough Grammar School at the same time as Dr Samuel Johnson, whose life long friend he became. Garrick took to the stage at an early age, and became the greatest actor manager of his age, and a successful playwright. He married, 22 June 1749, Eva Marie Violetti (1724 1822) the reputed daughter of a Viennese citizen called Veigel. He bequeathed his large collection of the early English drama to the British Museum. His library, books of prints &c., with modern books added by Mrs Garrick, was dispersed 23 April 1823 in a ten day sale by R. Saunders, and there was a further sale of part of his library by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge 19 February 1896. The stamp with the arms was cut by the British Museum for use on the Garrick collection there.

Library Auction Details: R. Saunders, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge (23 April 1823), (19 February 1896)
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Garrick, David (1717 - 1779) (Stamp 1) Title: Garrick, David (1717 - 1779) (Stamp 1)
Crest: A falcon wings elevated belled
Dimensions (height x width): 30mm x 18mm
Monogram: D G
Heraldic Charges: falcon
Garrick, David (1717 - 1779) (Stamp 2) Title: Garrick, David (1717 - 1779) (Stamp 2)
Arms: Per pale or and azure in the dexter a tower in the sinister on a mount a sea horse, on a chief overall or three mullets
Crest: A mullet pierced
Dimensions (height x width): 16mm x 9mm
Heraldic Charges: chief, on a, Heraldic Charges: mullet, Heraldic Charges: mullets (3), Heraldic Charges: per pale, Heraldic Charges: sea horse, Heraldic Charges: tower