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Art
William Shakespeare Sculpture
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Between 59th and 110th Sts.
New York, NY 10023
212-794-6564
Nearest Subways
B,C at 81 St-Museum of Natural History
B,C at 72 St
B,C at 96 St
B,C at 103 St
Pre-SchoolersK-55-8 Grade
William Shakespeare was the first sculpture of a writer to be placed on the Mall, known informally as Literary Walk. It is fitting that two famous nineteenth-century actors, James Morrison Steele MacKay and Edwin Booth, were involved with the sculptor to create this monument to the world-renowned dramatist. Edwin Booth, America's most famous Shakespearean actor, laid the cornerstone and advised Ward on the appropriate costume for a gentleman in Elizabethan England. MacKay, a good friend of Ward, was the model and suggested the pensive pose. The sculpture was donated by the citizens of New York, led by a committee to honor the 300th anniversary of the birth of the poet and dramatist in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. Shakespeare is one of four sculptures by Ward in Central Park; the others are the Pilgrim at East 73rd Street near the north drive, Seventh Regiment at the West Drive at 67th Street, and Indian Hunter.
When:
April 23, 1864 - Ongoing
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