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Albert Grant & Shakespeare Albert Grant & Shakespeare

Statue: Albert Grant & Shakespeare

Erection date: 2/7/1874


{On the front of the plinth:}
This enclosure was purchased, laid out and decorated as a garden by Albert Grant Esq. 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.
{On Will's scroll:}
There is no darkness but ignorance

"There is no darkness but ignorance" is a quote from "Twelfth Night". The sculptor, Fontana, copied the statue by Scheemakers in Westminster Abbey. Note that there is no reference to Shakespeare in the inscription. Perhaps Grant believed in glory by association.

Site: Albert Grant & Shakespeare (1 memorial)

WC2, Leicester Square

The statue of Shakespeare stands rather lumpenly at the centre of a (often not-working) fountain.  Update 2013: the Square has been renovated and the statue restored, the fountain even seems to be working.

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Albert Grant & Shakespeare

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Albert Grant

Born Dublin, Ireland as Abraham Gottheimer. The King of Italy conferred the ...

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William Shakespeare

Born and died in Stratford-upon-Avon. His birth date is often given as the 23...

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Albert Grant & Shakespeare

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Giovanni Fontana

Born Italy.  Based in London and naturalized British by 1871.

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James Knowles

Two architects, father (1806–1884) and son (1831-1908), with the same name, J...

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Peter Scheemakers

Born in Antwerp.

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