(lost) Lost Garrick plaque


David Garrick, actor, lived here. B: 1716. D: 1779.
{Almost hidden in the decorative border:}
Erected by the Society of Arts

Site: Lost Garrick plaque (1 memorial)

WC2, Adelphi Terrace, 5

Steve Roffey learnt about this lost plaque on one of the Blue Plaque walks that English Heritage arranged for the 150th Anniversary, this one conducted by Cathy Power in Hampstead on 8 May 2016. We thank Steve for passing the information on to us.

This 1876 plaque was placed at Garrick’s home in Adelphi Terrace and lost when that was demolished in 1936. In 2016 it was auctioned by Wolley & Wallis in the Salisbury saleroom on behalf of Leslie Goodey OBE. The plaque was bought by the Garrick Club who now have it on display above the reception desk to the right of the entrance at their building in Garrick Street (opposite Floral Street). Steve tells us that it can just be seen from the street. The club have a library and an art collection and a very classy-looking on-line catalogue, with an entry for the plaque, from which our image comes.

At Architecture we understand that Garrick's home (number 5) was in the middle of the Terrace. We've learnt that it was common (probably still is) for photographs to be taken of a building when it is slated for demolition, so, always wanting to see a plaque in situ, we went looking for a photo. And we found an image at Antique Maps and Prints: "1936: ADELPHI TERRACE before it goes".  That site has a zoom function and we captured the zoomed image of the central section of the terrace. Look closely and in the middle, on the ground floor, you can see what we believe is the plaque.

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Lost Garrick plaque

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David Garrick

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