Rogues and Vagabonds: The Garrick Club Collection of Theatrical Art
Join Carmen Holdsworth-Delgado as she examines the history of the Garrick Club and some of the treasures within, paying particular attention to images of David Garrick and his contemporaries, such as Susannah Cibber, Samuel Foote, Peg Woffington and many others. Carmen will look at the role of art in the making of David Garrick’s career and his extraordinary skill for self-promotion.
The Garrick Club was founded in 1831 “for the general patronage of Drama…” Originally to be called ‘The Dramatic’ its founders chose instead to name it after Britain’s most famous and respected Shakespearean actors, David Garrick, who elevated the profession from one filled with “rogues and vagabonds” to respectable actors. Though Garrick died fifty years before the formation of the Club, there had been a resurgence of interest in him, as only nine years earlier, on his wife’s death, there had been a sale of his possessions, including his books and paintings. Some of which reside in the Club today.
Carmen Holdsworth-Delgado is Curator of the Garrick Club, a private members club with an exceptional collection of works of art, furniture, and memorabilia related to British theatre. Before this she was the curatorial assistant at the Wallace Collection, where she worked on a major gallery refurbishment, and developed an interest in the 18th century. Carmen has also worked at the V&A and National Maritime Museum. She gained an MA in Art Gallery Studies from the University of Leicester and a BA in History of Art and English from the University of Birmingham.