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William Shakespeare Fountain

Stratford-upon-Avon 1564 - id. 1616
English poet and playwright
(Wikipedia)
Giovanni Fontana & Peter Scheemakers
1874

London /  William Shakespeare Fountain   London /  William Shakespeare Fountain

Description

Marble fountain, with Shakespeare on top, a copy by Fontana of the statue in Westminster Abbey, designed by the architect William Kent, and sculpted by the sculptor Peter Scheemakers. Shakespear leans on a pedestal with books and points to a scroll with the text there is no darkness but ignorance.

Inscription(s)

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

this enclosure
was purchased, laid out
and decorated as a garden
by ALBERT GRANT ESQRE M.P.
and
conveyed by him on the 2nd july 1874.
to the
metropolitan board of works
to be preserved for ever
for the free use and enjoyment
of the public.

London - William Shakespeare Fountain

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Location N 51°30'37" W 0°7'48"

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