Statue of Shakespeare in Westminster Abbey, London

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Date:1740 - 1741 (c.)

Description:Sculpted c. 1741 by Peter Scheemakers (1691-1781) from a design by William Kent (1684-1748)

This statue is one of the most widely reproduced likenesses of Shakespeare, copied for publications, souvenirs and ornaments and, in the late twentieth century, the twenty-pound note.

For the group which commissioned the statue, Shakespeare was a national hero and symbolised opposition to the government of Sir Robert Walpole.

The pedestal to the left of Shakespeare features busts of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry V and Richard III.

Location: Westminster Abbey, London

Source: Michael Dobson The Making of the National Poet 134--146, Kent entry in DNB 1892.

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Image courtesy of: The Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey

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