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Title

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

circa 1925

Artist

Unknown

England

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    81

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  • 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".

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