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Comedy, History and Tragedy

Paul Kummer

Stratford-upon-Avon /  Comedy, History and Tragedy


Three terracotta panels on the façade of the Swan Theatre, each depicting a figurative narrative taken from Shakespeare.

  1. COMEDY. Scene from As You Like it: Rosalind disguised as Ganymede, persuading Orlando to woo her in the Forest of Arden (Wikipedia).
  2. HISTORY. Scene from King John (Act IV, scene 1). King John's henchman Hubert is about to burn out Prince Arthur's eyes. However, he has become fond of the boy and Arthur's pleas leave him unable to go through with his plan (Wikipedia).
  3. TRAGEDY. Scene from Hamlet, showing Hamlet with the skull of Yorick (Wikipedia).

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Stratford-upon-Avon - Comedy, History and Tragedy
Stratford-upon-Avon - Comedy, History and Tragedy
Stratford-upon-Avon - Comedy, History and Tragedy


(History): Presented | by | W.F. UNSWORTH | Architect | 1885.


The designs for the terracotta panels were illustrated in Building News on 4 July 1889.

Stratford-upon-Avon - Comedy, History and Tragedy


Sources & Information


  • Country: Great Britain
  • Arthur, Prince (Shakespeare)
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare)
  • Kummer, Paul
  • Orlando (Shakespeare)
  • Rosalind (Shakespeare)
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Theatre / Opera House
  • Writer / poet
  • Location (N 52°11'25" - W 1°42'16")

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    Item Code: gbwm086; Photograph: 25 June 2014
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