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David Garrick's Library

Wednesday 17 January 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

The 1823 sale catalogue of David Garrick’s general library reveals the breadth of his intellectual and literary interests, his patronage of contemporary writing, and his engagement with the rare book trade. Following an overview of the library’s contents, this talk will consider Garrick’s controversial decision to bequeath his books to his nephew (the important collection of old English plays, the actor left to the British Museum), Robert Saunders’ 10-day sale of the library in April-May 1823, and the location of Garrick’s books today.

Tickets £10 (Includes a complimentary glass of wine)

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David Garrick's bookplate

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Prints of Me: portraits of Garrick

Wednesday 31 January 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

David Garrick was not only a great actor-manager, scholar and collector, he was also a great self-publicist. He was the first actor to realise that the best way to become famous was for people to recognise him, and the best way to do that was to make sure that prints of his portrait were to be seen everywhere. This talk by Sheila O'Connell, curatorial advisor to Dr Johnson's House and former curator of prints at the British Museum, will discuss Garrick's friendships with artists that helped him to become the best known face outside the royal family in 18th-century Britain.

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Garrick as MacBeth

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Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

1st Wednesday of each month (except Jan.), 3pm

Next walk:

7 February

Groups may also book walks at alternative times. For any enquiries please contact us.

Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
Dr Johnson's City - Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.

£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.

This is a joint venture between Dr Johnson's House and the City Guides.

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Johnson and Boswell 'Walking down the High Street' by Rowlandon

Events information

Most events sell out and tickets must be bought in advance. Card payments are processed by PayPal. We regret that we are unable to take card payments over the phone.

Customers wishing to pay by cheque should send a cheque payable to 'Dr Johnson's House Trust Ltd' to Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE. Please include your contact details. We will let you know when your cheque arrives.

Please note the House contains unavoidable steps. For more information about access, please visit our Facilities page.

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