Edwin Booth as Hamlet

  • Sculptor: Edmond T. Quinn
  • Pedestal: Edwin S. Dodge
  • Dedicated: 1917
  • Medium and size: Bronze (approximately 7 feet), granite pedestal (approximately 7 feet)
  • Location: Inside Gramercy Park, between 20th and 21st Streets at Lexington Avenue. Note: can't enter unless you live in one of the buildings that face onto Gramercy Park.
  • Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R, W or L to Union Square


Shakespeare in the Park

The benefit performance by the Booth brothers was a great success in raising funds for a Shakespeare statue in Central Park. In the photo below, our Edwin is in the center. Future presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth is on the left, looking considerably less threatening than Junius, on the right.

Booth Brothers

 “I don’t know much about art ...”

The “About the Sculpture” section of the Booth essay in Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan deals with why some people have strong emotional reactions to a sculpture, while others are unmoved by it. I had struggled for months to draft something interesting for this section, and finally resolved that it would be interesting to discuss why I found it so unappealing. Getting More Enjoyment from Art You Love (a Kindle book) covers this issue in more detail for sculpture; for the same idea applied to painting, see How to Analyze and Appreciate Paintings.

Cross References

  • Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan includes quotes from Colley Cibber's Richard III and the play as Shakespeare wrote it, plus a discussion of Shakespeare in America.

Copyright (c) 2013 Dianne L. Durante