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Print finished by John Dixon, ca. 1740–1811, Irish
after Johan Joseph Zoffany RA, 1733–1810, German, active in Britain (from 1760)
Published by Sayer & Bennett, 1725–1794, British

Garrick as Abel Drugger in "The Alchemist"

Mezzotint on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
16 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches (42.9 x 31.1 cm), 15 1/2 x 11 inches (39.4 x 27.9 cm), and 14 1/4 x 11 inches (36.2 x 27.9 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on back, lower center: "David Garrick as 'Abel Drugger' in the Alchemist"

collector's stamp of the Paul Mellon Collection, in blue ink, on back

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "I. Dixon Fecit."; lower center: "Published as the Act directs March 18. 1776 by R.Sayer and J.Bennett"; lower right: "J. Zoffany Pinxt"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
actor | costume | literary theme | performance | pipe | plays by Benjamin Jonson (1572–1637), poet and playwright | portrait | science | shadow | stage | The Alchemist | theater (discipline) | tobacco | wig
Associated People:
Garrick, David (1717–1779), actor and playwright
Abel Drugger (character in The Alchemist)
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IIIF Manifest:

Johan Zoffany RA (Royal Academy of Arts, 2012-03-10 - 2012-06-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Johan Zoffany RA (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-10-27 - 2012-02-12) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

C. A. Lennox-Boyd, Theatre: the age of Garrick, English mezzotints from the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd , Christopher Lenox-Boyd, London, 1994, cat. no. 25, NE1816 G7 L45 1994 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Martin Postle, Johan Zoffany, RA : Society Observed, , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2011, p. 193, cat. no. 22, NJ18 Z68 + A12 2011 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Chaloner Smith, British mezzotinto portraits, being a descriptive catalogue of these engravings from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century : arranged according to the engravers, the inscriptions given at full length, and the variations of state precisely set forth : acc , Martino Pub., Mansfield Centre, CT, 2004, v. 1, pp. 210-11, Dixon no. 18, NE1816.G7 S58 2004 [ORBIS]

Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany, 1733-1810, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2011, p. 650, NJ18 Z68 W43 2011 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

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