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This life- size clay fig­ure of Wil­liam Shake­speare was sculpted by Hay­ley Gibbs for the site of The Theatre at Shored­itch, where the Bard’s early plays were staged.

With fel­low sculp­tor Raphael Mak­louf, Hay­ley vis­ited the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany to pick out a his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate cos­tume for her El­iz­a­bethan sub­ject. The fig­ure was moulded in clay and then cast in bronze, with in­tense at­ten­tion to ev­ery de­tail – Shake­speare’s ruff, for ex­am­ple, is smaller than we might imag­ine it, but this care­fully re­flects El­iz­a­bethan fash­ions.

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