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NPG D48655 in 360°

The 1840s saw numerous revivals of Shakespeare's plays and in 1864, the 300th anniversary of his birth was met with countrywide celebrations and an increase in the production of Shakespeare-themed souvenirs and images. Ceramic busts were displayed in homes on mantelpieces, bookshelves and desks. This version is based on engravings of the 'Chandos' portrait (NPG 1).

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William Shakespeare
by Unknown artist
Staffordshire pottery bust, circa 1860s
NPG D48655
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