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William Astley (d.c.1988), Squire of the Shakespeare Morris Men of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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William Astley danced with the Morris Men until about 1987–1988. He is shown holding his staff of office, which represents the Stratford Morris Men's membership of the Morris Ring of England. The staff is decorated with a bust of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust



William Astley (d.c.1988), Squire of the Shakespeare Morris Men of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire




oil on canvas


H 54 x W 46 cm

Accession number

SBT 2005-32

Acquisition method

gift, 2005

Work type


Inscription description

inscribed: bequeathed to Maura Taylor who loves the man on the other side


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