THE STRATFORD MEMORIAL BUST
The problem is that the original bust was repaired, refurbished and repainted many times. It is believed that in the 1746 refurbishment that major changes were made to "re-beautify" the monument which included the actual bust of Shakespeare which was "much impaired and decayed". Comparison of the 'Dugdale' bust, below, and this present day Stratford Memorial bust will highlight the changes that have apparently been made.
THE DUGDALE SKETCH OF THE MEMORIAL BUST
In 1653 a man called William Dugdale sketched the bust which was published in his 'Antiquities of Warwickshire'. Dugdale was reputed to have been acquainted with the Shakespeare family. The present day bust and Dugdale's sketch are unalike in many ways, from the features and facial expression to the Bard holding a pen rather than the sack as detailed in Dugdale's sketch. According to Dugdale, Gerard Johnson, the "tomb-maker" was employed to create the monument of Shakespeare in the Stratford church. It is possible that the bust was taken, by the tomb-maker, from a death mask of Shakespeare. An illustrator also sketched the Memorial Bust for inclusion in Rowe's 1709 Account of Shakespeare's life - this sketch was similar to that of Dugdale's showing Shakespeare's hands on a sack and not holding a quill pen as can be seen above in the Stratford Memorial Bust.
ADDITIONAL MEMORIAL STATUES OF SHAKESPEARE
Westminster Abbey Memorial Statue in London
William Shakespeare was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon in 1616 but it was not until l740 that a memorial statue to him was erected in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. Some time after Shakespeare’s death there were suggestions that his remains from Stratford to the Abbey but the idea was soon abandoned. Perhaps this was because of Shakespeare's own epitaph which reads as follows:
The Cloud capt Tow’rs, The Gorgeous Palaces, The Solemn Temples,
Gower Memorial in Stratford
This memorial to Shakespeare is situated in Bancroft Gardens in Stratford. This statue, showing Shakespeare seated, is flanked by life-size statues of Lady Macbeth, Prince Hal, Hamlet, Henry V, and Falstaff, representing Philosophy, Tragedy, History, & Comedy. The memorial was sponsored by Lord Ronald Sutherland -Gower, who presented it to the town of Stratford in 1888.
John Quincy Adams Ward Statue in Central Park, New York
The William Shakespeare statue in New York City's Central Park was built in 1864 to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The southern end of the Mall in Central Park is often referred to as "Literary Walk." In 1873 commissioners proposed that the Mall should be a designated location for sculpture. Over a short period of time representations of the following literary figures were installed:
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