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Title

Bertram Mackennal modelling in clay a figure for his Shakespeare Memorial 1926

circa 1925


Artist

Unknown

United Kingdom


About

Bertram Mackennal created the Shakespeare Memorial in Sydney at the request of journalist and former president of the Shakespeare Society of New South Wales, Henry Gullett. Gullett began negotations with Mackennal in 1912, however, the commission was halted due to Gullett's sudden death in 1914. Gullett's family pressed on with the memorial, which was unveiled in 1926. Five figures from Shakespeare's plays stand beneath the central figure of the playwright himself: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Portia and Falstaff. The Shakespeare Memorial sits opposite the Mitchell Library of the State Library of New South Wales in Shakespeare Place.

On the back of this photograph the artist's granddaughter, Pauline Kraay has typed "The Shakespeare Memorial Group was erected in Sydney. At the time there was much criticism from the public, Shakespeare lovers of different opinions as to which characters were more important and should be included in the group".


Details


Date

circa 1925


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

copy print of a gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

15.2 x 10.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

National Art Archive. Gift of the artist's granddaughter, Pauline Kraay, 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

ARC354.4.1


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

74