Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait bust of William Shakespeare 1564-1616 1800s

 English School 

Portrait bust of William Shakespeare 1564-1616,  English School
19th Century
The burgeoning fame of William Shakespeare, galvanised by David Garrick's championing of the cause with his Shakespeare Festival at Stratford upon Avon in 1769, saw him firmly established as one of the leading national icons by the nineteenth century, an unassailable position The Bard has retained ever since. This marble bust would have been produced perhaps to sit among a pantheon of Worthies in a patron's library, or perhaps, given the somewhat crude treatment, in a garden or garden temple.
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