Garrick and his Wife

William Hogarth, artist

H. Bourne, engraver

Oil on canvas

39 x 52 inches

Source: 1853 Art-Journal

“In this picture Garrick is seated at his writing-table; Mrs. Garrick has apparently entered the room unobserved, and is about to snatch the pen from the hand of her husband, while the latter is in a reverie; he is writing his "Prologue to Taste." The idea seems to be borrowed from Vanloo's picture of "Colley Cibber and his Daughter," painted in 1740, and engraved by E. Fisher, in 1758.” [Commentary continues below.]

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