Thursday 15 June 2023

A Coade Stone Statue of William Shakespeare.


A Coadestone Statue of William Shakespeare.


Removed From the Theatre Royal Edinburgh.

Photograph above taken in the summer of 1981.

The Coadestone statue of William Shakespeare which advocate and writer Lord Henry Cockburn installed in the garden at Bonaly Tower, Edinburgh. 

It is in a curved recess in the boundary wall at west end of garden. It came from the Theatre Royal at Shakespeare Square at the east end of Princes Street after it was demolished in 1860. 

It was originally acquired by John Jackson in the 1780s, along with accompanying figures of tragedy and comedy, for the theatre which had its last performance on May 25th. 1859. 

It was acquired by the owner, John Jackson, in the 1780s, along with accompanying figures of tragedy and comedy, and it is included in a 1790 list of debts owed by Jackson to a range of creditors, where it is described as ‘never used’.

 It was eventually removed when the Theatre was remodelled in 1830.


Shakespeare flanked by Tragedy and Comedy.

Image from  Modern Athens, displayed in a series of views; or, Edinburgh in the nineteenth century; exhibiting the whole of the new buildings, modern improvements, antiquities, & picturesque scenery of the Scottish metropolis & its environs, from original drawings by Mr. T. H. Shepherd. With historical, topographical & critical illustrations [by John Britton].

Thomas Hosmer Shepherd London : Jones & Co, 1829.

The Theatre Royal Edinburgh.

The theatre Royal is on the left.

This engraving dated 1798 is by the amateur Scottish printmaker Aeneas Macpherson.


The 1799 Coade Gallery Book.

see page XII.,+or+Exhibitions+in+Artifical+Stone,+Westminster-Bridge-Road&source=bl&ots=mPRaF1gRC9&sig=ACfU3U1tLL2rsdJfiFKkt-buSfmHlAYJiA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjq07XN-sX_AhXYQUEAHa7qA0sQ6AF6BAgvEAM#v=onepage&q&f=false

I will come back to this publication in due course.


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