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Eva Maria Garrick (1724-1822) Nee Veigel


Artist: Luke Sullivan

Signed in monogram LS and dated 1761

Eva was a dancer and the wife of David Garrick, used the stage name Violette or Violetti, said to be a nickname given to her by Empress Maria Theresa based on the meaning of her surname—a corruption from the Middle High German viol, 'violet.'

She married David in 1749. As she was a Catholic and he a Protestant, the couple went through two marriage ceremonies. According to Bailey, Veigel first fell in love with Garrick after seeing him perform on the stage, and their respective entertainment careers caused them to meet socially soon thereafter.

They were childless, and Veigel outlived her husband by forty-three years. On marrying, she retired from dancing. Garrick's increasing wealth enabled him purchase a palatial estate for Eva Marie and himself to live in, naming it Garrick's Villa,
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Provenance                 Mr. Jeffrey Whitehead
London, Fine Art Society, 1892, 30 gns
Charles Lees
Bonhams, 20 November, 1997, lot 63
Literature                 Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850, at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p. 21, Number 13, illustrated on colour p. 34..

The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately p
Exhibition                 London, British Fine Arts Club,1889, Case XVIII, no 21 (lent by Jeffrey Whitehead)

Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Good.
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