The Bowes Museum > Exhibitions > 2017 > Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action
 

8 April 2017 - 9 July

This exhibition will celebrate England’s best-known eighteenth-century actor, David Garrick (1717-1779), marking the 300th anniversary of his birth. The Bowes Museum recently acquired two paintings by Johann Zoffany (1733-1810) commissioned by Garrick, representing him in action.

David Garrick and Mrs Cibber as Jaffier and Belvidera in ‘Venice Preserv’d’  and David Garrick and Mary Bradshaw in David Garrick’s ‘The Farmer’s Return’ were commissioned for his residence at The Adelphi, at that time one of London’s most fashionable developments, and held until recently in the same private collection following the death of Garrick’s widow in 1820.

Through paintings, engravings, contemporary mezzotints and theatrical paraphernalia, the display will show how artists depicted the ‘theatrical action’, and how these representations encouraged the emerging phenomenon of ‘celebrity’. It will also make possible a remarkable collaboration with The Georgian Theatre Royal in nearby Richmond (North Yorkshire), which is aimed at helping visitors understand and appreciate theatrical life in the 18th century while illustrating how Yorkshire was the first place for theatre entertainment after London. Built in 1788, it is the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form. 

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Gallery Talk – Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

7 June, 2.15

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Join Guest Curator, Veronique Gerard Powell, to learn more about the current exhibition Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action.


Richard III and the Wider World

28 June, 10.30 – 3.00, £3.00, inc. light refreshments

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Richard III and historical enthusiasts are invited to a varied programme of talks looking at the Northern attitude towards the King; 15th century Netherlands; dress of differing social levels in medieval society, and continental art at the royal court. Booking required.


Artists at the Stage Door: Theatrical Portraits in the Age of Garrick and Beyond

5 July, 2.30

Artists at the Stage Door: Theatrical Portraits in the Age of Garrick and Beyond

In 18th and 19th-century London, artists looked to the theatres to find star subjects for celebrity portraits. Art historian Tessa Kilgarriff introduces the vibrant actor portraits created by painters, printmakers and caricaturists, and explores the stories behind their production. 

 


Gallery Talk – Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

6 July, 2.15

Gallery Talk – Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

Join the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti, to learn more about the current exhibition Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action.


The Art of the Actor

12 November, 2.30

The Art of the Actor Join Dr. James Harriman Smith (Newcastle University) & members of the Castle Players for a unique insight into the role of paintings in historic performance. Eighteenth-century acting manuals repeatedly advised their readers to study paintings, but what exactly were actors meant to be looking for? Through a mixture of research presentations and practical examples, we will attempt to answer that question, and to shed new light on the Museum’s own paintings, by Zoffany, of the actor David Garrick. 

 


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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!