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Christopher Marlowe Memorial

Christopher Marlowe
1564 - 1593
English playwright, poet and translator
(Wikipedia)
Onslow Ford
1891/1928

Canterbury /  Christopher Marlowe Memorial   Canterbury /  Christopher Marlowe Memorial

Description

Bronze statue of the Muse of Poetry (nicknamed 'Kitty Marlowe') on a pedestail with a Marlovian character in a niche on each of the four sides. In 1891 only the statue of the Muse of Poetry and Tamburlaine were present, the other three were added in 1928.

Canterbury - Christopher Marlowe Memorial
TAMBURLAINE
Canterbury - Christopher Marlowe Memorial
[FAUSTUS]
Canterbury - Christopher Marlowe Memorial
JEW OF MALTA
Canterbury - Christopher Marlowe Memorial
EDWARD II

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE

born at canterbury 1564
died at deptford 1593


the statuette above represents
SIR HENRY IRVING
in the character of
MARLOWE'S TAMBURLAINE

the statuette above represents
SIR JOHNSTON FORBES-ROBERTSON
in the character of
MARLOWE'S Dr FAUSTUS

the statuette above represents
EDWARD ALLEYN
in the character of
MARLOWE'S BARABAS
[jew of malta]

the statuette above represents
JAMES K. HACKETT
in the character of
MARLOWE'S EDWARD II

The four actors portrayed are:

  1. Sir Henry Irving, born John Henry Brodribb (Keinton Mandeville, Somerset, 1838 - Bradford 1905), English stage actor (Wikipedia); playing Tamburlaine from Tamburlaine the Great (Wikipedia).
  2. Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (London 1853 - Dover 1937), English actor and theatre manager (Wikipedia); playing Dr. Faustus in The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (Wikipedia).
  3. Edward Alleyn (London 1566 - 1626), English actor who was a major figure of the Elizabethan theatre and founder of Dulwich College and Alleyn's School (Wikipedia); playing Barabas in The Jew of Malta (Wikipedia).
  4. James Keteltas Hackett (Ontario 1566 - 1626), American actor and manager (Wikipedia); playing Edward II in The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second, King of England (Wikipedia).

Annotation

Unveiled 16 September 1891 by Sir Henry Irving, on the Buttermarket, and again, now complete, at Dane John on 1 November 1928 by Sir Hugh Walpole.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Alleyn, Edward
  • Barabas (Jew of Malta)
  • Edward II (King of England)
  • Faust
  • Forbes-Robertson, Johnston
  • Ford, Onslow
  • Hackett, James K.
  • Irving, Henry
  • Marlowe, Christopher
  • Playwright
  • Tamburlaine
  • Timur
  • Writer / poet
  • Location N 51°16'50" E 1°4'41"

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