Garrick, Aicken and Bransby in 'Lethe' by Johann Zoffany

David Garrick as Lord Chalkstone, Ellis Aicken as Bowman and Astley Bransby as Aesop in the dramatic satire 'Lethe'.


Oil on canvas
100 x 124 cm
Art Fund grant:
£950 ( Total: £1,850)
Acquired in:
A Tooth & Sons

Lethe was written by David Garrick and first performed at Drury Lane in 1740. The painting depicts the point in the play when Aesop exclaims 'Does your Lordship propose a wager as a proof of the goodness of your head?'.


From the collection of Sir George Beaumont.

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