The statue was made by the talented Frenchman
Louis-Francois Roubiliac. He sculpted many celebrities of his day, including musicians, actors, scientists and royalty.
The flawed stone
Roubiliac carved Shakespeare twice, as the first lot of marble wasn't good enough. Garrick complained that the face looked as if it was 'marked with mulberries'.
Roubiliac working on the sculpture, print by David Martin, AD 1765.
This close-up of the marble shows us Roubiliac's signature. 'invt et sct' means 'Roubiliac invented and carved this'. Can you work out the date too?
MDCCLVIII (AD 1758).
The brilliant actor
In this cartoon from the time, the famous artist Hogarth is painting Garrick, but can't pin down his face. Can you see the pile of possible different heads by the wall?
'The Artist Puzzled' by R Evan Sly, AD 1845.
The death mask
This drawing was taken from Garrick's death-mask. It gives us a good idea of what he actually looked like.
Head of David Garrick, after Robert Edge Pine,
Roubiliac left the back of the statue rough, because it was made to stand against a wall. There are also some small holes in the back, which might have been used to transport it.
Garrick had the statue made to take pride of place in a temple he had built in honour of Shakespeare. The temple still stands there today, now with a replica (copy) of the sculpture inside it.
© Prioryman 2011.
The temple is in a peaceful spot beside the river Thames.
© Maxwell Hamilton 2012.
This famous painting shows Garrick and his wife relaxing by the temple with their dog.
David Garrick and his wife by his temple to Shakespeare at Hampton by Johan Zoffany, AD 1762. © Yale Center for British Art.