Giant Shakespeare
Giant Shakespeare
Giant Shakespeare
Giant Shakespeare

© the artist's estate. Image credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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A colossus Shakespeare specifically commissioned for the Shakespeare Centre when it opened. He stands purposefully and holds a quill. The artist has stated that he decided to accept the popular image of Shakespeare’s domed head and close cut beard 'but deliberately left out the eyes so that the individual could superimpose his own Shakespeare on what one might call a universal basic shape.’ The artist also commented, ‘I imagined him to be a robust stocky man and I allowed a print at the Birthplace to convince me of this. I therefore made the sculpture solid-looking with feet apart but firmly placed. I think a stance such as this must have been very common to him.’

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Giant Shakespeare



Accession number

STRST : SBT 2002-18

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Signature/marks description

base: Wain-Hobson 1963


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