William Shakespeare in the Globe Theatre

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Sutton painted this portrait along with five other pictures, for the Royal Academy of Arts 1988 Summer exhibition in London. At that stage Sutton had expressed the hope that it would eventually be displayed at the new Globe Theatre, building of which had commenced in April 1988. Sutton found the inspiration for the portrait after discussing the Globe project with its architect, Theo Crosby. The artist has also painted several other large canvasses on a Shakespearian theme, including one depicting Shakespeare with Queen Elizabeth I.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust



William Shakespeare in the Globe Theatre




acrylic on canvas


H 150 x W 150 cm

Accession number

SBT 2002-12

Acquisition method

gift from Miss Joan Hurst through the National Art Collections Fund, 2002

Work type


Inscription description

signed, dated and inscribed with the title and EAST DULWICH


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