Talk:David Garrick: an actor and his time. at Richmond upon Thames

Talk, Thu 21 Oct 2021

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David Garrick was regarded as the most iconic actor of the 18th century, and possibly the finest influence upon the English Theatre. In 1754, he purchased Hampton House (now Garrick’s Villa) which overlooks the river Thames. In the gardens he oversaw the design of a Temple built in the Classical style popularised by the Italian architect Palladio with an Ionic portico. This he dedicated to his muse Shakespeare, being the one playwright whose works he had performed with the greatest acclaim. Garrick used the Temple to house his extensive collection of books and Shakespearean relics. For him it was a place of peaceful solitude where he could write and entertain his many friends. It is also a complete replica of the temple standing in the grounds of Chiswick House, which Garrick would have seen often during his courtship to Eva Maria Veigel. Chiswick House being at one time the home of Lord and Lady Burlington, guardians to Eva Maria, and where the Garricks spent their wedding night. The main subject of my talk will be to focus on Garrick’s life at Hampton and that of the fruitfulness of his marriage and his relationships with many of those close to him, be it the formidable, Dr Johnson or the unpredictable Horace Walpole.

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Map reference: TQ 180749  Lat: 51.46121 Long: -0.30180

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Tube stations within the borough: Kew Gardens and Richmond
South West Train stations: Barnes, Barnes Bridge, Mortlake, North Sheen, Richmond, St Margarets, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Fulwell, Hampton, Hampton Court, Hampton Wick, Whitton.
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