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Shakespeare's Birthplace and Henley Street


Shakespeare’s Birthplace, 1871

Oil on canvas

John Theobald Marshall (16th November 1849 – 1888)

A view of Shakespeare's Birthplace from Henley Street with figures and a wagon in the foreground. The Coach and Horses Inn features prominently in the right foreground. At the time this painting was produced Shakespeare’s Birthplace had recently opened to the public after a period of significant restoration following its purchase in 1847 by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The artist has signed the work using his monogram in the bottom, left corner.

John Theobald Marshall was a local artist born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1849. His father, John Marshall, was a wood carver and cabinet maker and the family lived on Chapel Street. His mother, Eliza, was described in the 1851 census as an upholstress suggesting a family-run furniture making business. John Theobald initially trained in wood carving under his father before establishing himself as an artist. He is known to have signed some of his work using a monogram of his three initials. He married local woman Eliza Kitchen in 1874 and the couple had a son, Francis, born around 1877. After their marriage the couple lived in West Street. John Theobald died in 1888 at the age of just 39. Eliza went on to marry another local artist, William Wells Quatremain, in 1895.

  • Measurements

  • Width

    480 mm (frame)
    380 mm (unframed)

  • Height

    373 mm (frame)
    275 mm (unframed)

  • Marks & inscriptions

    JM 1871 ,

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust