New Place – Stratford upon Avon

Sculpture of the mulberry tree Shakespeare planted in the New Place courtyard area.

New Place does not attempt to recreate Tudor life or to display Shakespeare the man. Instead, it is a brilliant invocation of the writer’s spirit – an abstract interpretation of him as the poet and play writer.

One Word Sunday: drama.

Gower Memorial

Statue of William Shakespeare seated on the edge of a cruciform chair, his left arm over its back and hand holding a rolled up manuscript. His right forearm rests on his right knee, thumb and index finger together (once holding a bronze quill). His head is angled slightly downwards but his gaze is straight ahead. At his feet are four bronze wreaths.
Directly below these wreaths on the four striking pedestals are four bronze masks with foliage and flowers, each is individually modelled. Two of the masks are tragic and two comic, although they are understated. The masks is symbolic of the character of the additional statue which stands directly in front, and which in turn represents one of four themes: History, comedy, tragedy and philosophy.

The sculptor is Lord Ronald Charles Sutherland-Leveson-Gower (1845 – 1916), known as Lord Ronald Gower, Scottish aristocrat, Liberal politician, sculptor and writer.

One Word Sunday: famous