Hollow plaster cast bust of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), renowned English poet, playwright and actor, regarded by many as the greatest dramatist of all time. According to the minutes of the Athenaeum (October 18, 1847), this bust was given to the Athenaeum in 1847 shortly after the new building opened.
Plaster; painted in 1955
Gift of David Paul Brown
General Collection, Museum Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia