Plaster model of 'Shakespeare Asleep under the Crab Tree' - lid open

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Date:1790 - 1816 (c.)

Description:A bas-relief plaster model showing Shakespeare asleep under a crab-apple tree at Bidford-on-Avon.

This illustrates a tale, originating in the eighteenth century, of Shakespeare engaging, or attempting to engage, in a drinking contest. He is supposed to have fallen asleep, either having found that his prospective competitors had gone to a nearby village or due to excessive drinking.

Made in the eighteenth-century, by Edward Grubb (1740-1816)

Label - 'Shakespeare Asleep under the Crab Tree - This model was designed by Mr Edw[ard] Grubb of Stratford-upon-Avon, Sculptor, and was given by him to the late Mr Robert Bell Wheler, whose ~ sister, Miss Anne Wheler, gave it to Mr William Oakes Hunt, who, with her concurrence, presented it to the Town of Stratford-upon-Avon, to be ~ preserved in Shakespeare's House.. 15 July 1861'.

Identity number SBT 1861-4


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