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Shakespeare Jubilee Enamel, 1754 – 1774, BI446
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Image by Black Country Museums
This oval medallion is a souvenir from David Garrick’s Stratford Jubilee the event. A portrait of Shakespeare is transfer printed on the white enamel base, along with the words ‘Stratford Jubilee Sept 7 176-‘. The inscription along the top edge reads, "We ne’er shall look upon his eke again".

The 1769 jubilee celebrated William Shakespeare’s life and works and was held in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was organised by David Garrick (1717-1779), the actor-manager famed for his portrayals of Shakespearian characters.

Unfortunately, the jubilee was not a success and was widely ridiculed as a fiasco. Heavy rain and overcrowding ruined many of the events and forced Garrick to cut short the celebrations after two days.

For more information please go to blackcountryhistory.org/collections/getrecord/WAGMU_BI446/

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