William Burges RA (London 1827 – Kensington 1881)
This intricately personalized bookstand was made for Ellen Terry by the artist and architect William Burges – a friend and contemporary of her lover Edward Godwin – sometime in the late 1860s or early 1870s. It was designed specifically for a prized set of Shakespearean volumes and many of the motifs featured on the shelf reflect those found on the pages of the 1856 Chalmer’s edition. Further ornamentation is thought to represent Ellen’s ties to the three most important people in her life, roles that she may have performed and Masonic symbolism.
Bookstand, containing eight volumes of Chalmer's Shakespeare. Ornately decorated. Thought to have been made for Ellen Terry by the architect William Burges.
Thought to have been made for Ellen Terry by the architect William Burges, a contemporary of Edward William Godwin. Could have possibly been a prop as it was found in the Barn Theatre.
Makers and roles
William Burges RA (London 1827 – Kensington 1881), maker