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Caroline Watson, 1760–1814, British
after Robert Edge Pine, 1730–1788, British
Published by John Boydell, 1720–1804, British

Garrick Reading the Ode at the Shakespeare Jubilee

Additional Title(s):

An Ode upon Dedicating a Building and Erecting a Statue to Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, 1769

Stipple engraving and etching on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet (cropped inside plate): 24 7/16 x 17 13/16 inches (62 x 45.3 cm) and Image: 23 3/8 x 16 7/8 inches (59.3 x 42.9 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on back, lower right: "? ALEXANDER"

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "R. E. Pine pinxt | To Mrs: Montagu, this Plate"; lower center, left side: "Can British gratitude delay, | To him the glory of this Isle;"; lower center: "GARRICK. | To him, the first of Poets! – best of Men! | We ne'er shall look upon his like again!"; lower center, right side: "To give the festive day, | The Song, the Statue, the devoted pile! | See Garrick's Ode to Shakespeare."; lower right: "Caroline Watson Sculpt,, | is most respectfully inscribed. | London. Published March 25th, 1784 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of David Alexander
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
actor | angel | arch | belts | books | breeches | canes | celebration | characters | cloaks | clouds | columns | costume | crowns | curtains | dagger | drapery | dress | flag | gesture | historical subject | horn (musical instrument) | mask | medallion | men | ode | pedestal | pillars | plume | robes | ruff | sashes | scroll (information artifact) | Shakespeare Jubilee, 1769 | shepherd's crook | staffs | statue | stockings | sword | vines | wineskin | witch | women | wreath
Associated Places:
England | Europe | Stratford-upon-Avon | United Kingdom | Warwickshire
Associated People:
Garrick, David (1717–1779), actor and playwright
Montagu [née Robinson], Elizabeth (1718–1800), author and literary hostess
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Roubiliac, Louis François (1702–1762), sculptor
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