By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans
Unlike one another, quantity five is a sociological portrait of usually little humans of their tragic and comedian efforts to accomplish reputation at the London degree throughout the recovery and eighteenth century, while quantity 6 is dominated via the glamour of David Garrick, Nell Gwyn, and Joseph Grimaldi, the prestigious clown. a few 250 portraits individualize the nice and small of the theatres of London.
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David's activity as salesman for the firm took him to the coffee houses and taverns of the theatrical district. One of his first acquaintances there was Charles Macklin, already an established actor. It was not long before David knew a good many actors, and not very much longer before his youthful love of plays and acting began to push the vintner's trade to the back of his mind. In the spring of 1740 Garrick took two of Fielding's most popular characters and some of the liveliest comic clichés and tinkered together the first version of Lethe: or Æsop in the Shades, which in one or another conformation was to be revived until the nineteenth century.
There was no word of his Ipswich outing in his letters to Peter, who was at Lichfield in the summer of 1741, and, strangely, there is no evidence that rumor had yet connected Garrick with the stage. But he may have been flying a signal to Peter to prepare him for the inevitable discovery when he spoke, in a letter on 11 July, of being "at present very busy with Jack Arthur," the Covent Garden clown and machinist, "upon Our Catapult-project. We have laid out above Six pounds already in Timber and ye Carpenter has almost finish'd ye Catapulta.
He threw his inheritance of £1000 from his Uncle David into a new wholesale wine business, Garrick Brothers, in Durham Yard, in which his elder brother Peter invested the £1000 left him by Captain Garrick. David's activity as salesman for the firm took him to the coffee houses and taverns of the theatrical district. One of his first acquaintances there was Charles Macklin, already an established actor. It was not long before David knew a good many actors, and not very much longer before his youthful love of plays and acting began to push the vintner's trade to the back of his mind.