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The statue of William Shakespeare, sculpted by Giovanni Fontana, an Italian sculptor, after an original by Peter Scheemakers, has formed the centrepiece of Leicester Square Gardens in London since 1874.

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The marble figure, copied from Scheemakers' 18th-century monument to Shakespeare in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, stands on a pedestal flanked by dolphins at the centre of a fountain. It is the result of improvements to the gardens made by the financier Albert Grant, who bought the Square in 1874 and had it refurbished to a design by James Knowles.

The scroll held by Shakespeare is inscribed with a quotation from Twelfth Night (Act IV, Scene II),THERE IS NO DARKNESS BUT IGNORANCE, where the original in Poets' Corner has a misquoted passage from The Tempest. The Leicester Square statue also differs from its model in omitting portrait reliefs of Henry V, Richard III and Elizabeth I from the plinth on which Shakespeare rests. The inscription on the pedestal in Leicester Square reads:

THIS ENCLOSURE/ WAS PURCHASED, LAID OUT/ AND DECORATED AS A GARDEN/ BY ALBERT GRANT ESQ[UI]RE 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

The statue is listed at Grade II. In 2012 it underwent restoration, and the cleaning was completed, by Tom Brown of London Stone Carving Limited, and new water features added in 2014.

  • The original memorial in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey

  • The Leicester Square statue in 2007, before cleaning

  • Ward-Jackson, Philip (2011), Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume 1, Public Sculpture of Britain, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press

Statue of William Shakespeare Leicester Square Article Talk Language Watch Edit The statue of William Shakespeare sculpted by Giovanni Fontana an Italian sculptor after an original by Peter Scheemakers has formed the centrepiece of Leicester Square Gardens in London since 1874 Statue of William ShakespeareYear1874LocationLeicester Square City of Westminster United KingdomCoordinates51 30 37 N 0 07 48 W 51 5104 N 0 1301 W 51 5104 0 1301 Coordinates 51 30 37 N 0 07 48 W 51 5104 N 0 1301 W 51 5104 0 1301 edit on Wikidata Contents 1 Description and history 2 References 3 Bibliography 4 External linksDescription and history EditThe marble figure copied from Scheemakers 18th century monument to Shakespeare in Poets Corner Westminster Abbey 1 stands on a pedestal flanked by dolphins at the centre of a fountain It is the result of improvements to the gardens made by the financier Albert Grant who bought the Square in 1874 and had it refurbished to a design by James Knowles 2 The scroll held by Shakespeare is inscribed with a quotation from Twelfth Night Act IV Scene II THERE IS NO DARKNESS BUT IGNORANCE where the original in Poets Corner has a misquoted passage from The Tempest The Leicester Square statue also differs from its model in omitting portrait reliefs of Henry V Richard III and Elizabeth I from the plinth on which Shakespeare rests 1 The inscription on the pedestal in Leicester Square reads THIS ENCLOSURE WAS PURCHASED LAID OUT AND DECORATED AS A GARDEN BY ALBERT GRANT ESQ UI RE 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 3 The statue is listed at Grade II 4 In 2012 it underwent restoration 5 and the cleaning was completed by Tom Brown of London Stone Carving Limited and new water features added in 2014 6 The original memorial in Poets Corner Westminster Abbey The Leicester Square statue in 2007 before cleaningReferences Edit a b Ward Jackson 2011 p 114 Ward Jackson 2011 pp 112 13 Ward Jackson 2011 p 113 Historic England Details from listed building database 1221890 National Heritage List for England Retrieved 13 September 2014 Shakespeare s statue in Leicester Square restored BBC 21 October 2012 Retrieved 7 August 2014 Shakespeare Monument In Leicester Square Restored With New Water Features 3rd Dimension Public Monuments and Sculpture Association 28 April 2014 Retrieved 10 December 2014 Bibliography EditWard Jackson Philip 2011 Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster Volume 1 Public Sculpture of Britain Liverpool Liverpool University PressExternal links Edit London portal Visual arts portal Media related to Statue of William Shakespeare at Leicester Square at Wikimedia Commons Shakespeare statue returned to Leicester Square by Jaymi McCann 17 October 2012 London Evening Standard Bard restored to Leicester Square by Matthew Amer Official London Theatre 2013 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Statue of William Shakespeare Leicester Square amp oldid 1041212067, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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