A monthly miscellany from books, art, history and memories, usually with a theme for the 1st of the month. Ceramics and some English worthies are often featured.
Thursday, 23 April 2015
Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday
Johann Zoffany painted David Garrick and his wife many times. Garrick built a Palladian-style Temple to his hero Shakespeare on the banks of the Thames at his Hampton villa, where he entertained friends. The Temple now contains a replica of Roubiliac's full size statue of Shakespeare which Garrick commissioned for his Temple, and may still be visited today. This painting looks rather like a stage scene than the real life Hampton, and Garrick was a master of illusion himself (the classical columns fronting his Hampton villa are not marble, but painted wood like the Drury Lane stage scenery).