Hugh Church, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon

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An early 20th-century oil on board depicting Shakespeare's Birthplace by British artist Hugh Church (b.1865).

Two gentlemen on horseback look across towards a mother who is carrying a child and standing in a doorway. While a third gentleman holds a large piece of ironwork, which is perhaps a tether bar.

The Great Bard was born and raised in this charming timber-framed building and also spent five years here with Anne Hathaway. Perhaps Church enjoyed looking back into this period of British history and felt inclined to capture a scene from the days of yore.

The painting is signed in the lower left and inscribed on the reverse.

Medium
Oil on board
Overall size
16” x 12” / 40cm x 30cm
Year of creation
c. 1920
Provenance
England
Condition
Very good. Frame with light wear.