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Josiah Wedgwood & Sons
Shakespeare characters plate.
Additional Title(s):
On bottom of plate: Shakespeare characters, all the word's a stage
England, [1964?]
Physical Description:
1 plate : Queen's ware, cream-colored earthenware ; 26 cm in diameter
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Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Neale Albert, Yale JD 1961, and Margaret Albert
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Related Content:
View catalog record for William Shakespeare commemorative ceramic mug
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Perhaps designed by Victor Skellern, designer of a Wedgwood commemorative mug on the same subject, in 1964. All 10 characters on the plate are included among the 12 characters on Skellern's mug.
With backstamp "Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston. Made in England." The backstamp was used from 1940 until 1974, when the circled R (for registered trade mark) was added.
BAC: British Art Center copy in contemporary purple cardboard Wedgwood box.
"Shakespeare characters. All the world's a stage. This plate shows the Globe Theater Bankside and historic roles played by the actors listed below in the plays of William Shakespeare ... In association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust."--Bottom of plate.
Subject Terms:
Globe Theatre (London, England : 1599-1644)
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Anniversaries, etc.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters.
Ceramic (material)
Queen's ware.
Service plates.
Skellern, Victor, 1909-1966, designer.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Collection of Margaret and Neale Albert (Yale Center for British Art).

  • Mr. Shuter as Falstaff
  • Mr. Smith as Richard III
  • Mrs. Lessingham as Ophelia
  • Mr. Grist as Othello
  • Mrs. Hopkins as Volumnia
  • Mr. Garrick as Macbeth
  • Miss P. Hopkins as Lavinia
  • Mr. Garrick as King Lear
  • Mr. Kean as Hamlet
  • Mrs. Balkley as Mrs. Ford.

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