This Worcester Transfer printed Tankard was issued for use at the Shakespeare Jubilee held at Stratford-upon-Avon, September 1769. The Jubilee was to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Shakespeares birth. David Garrick attended and although the event was washed out by heavy rain the Jubilee marked a turning point in how Shakespeares works were regarded.
The print is based on the monument at Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey sculpted in 1740 by Peter Scheemakers a Flemish immigrant to a design by William Kent. The engraving for the print was done by Robert Hancock.
The pedestal is decorated with busts of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry V and Richard III. The scroll is inscribed with a variant of Prosperos lines from "The Tempest".
"The Cloud-capt Towers,
The Gorgeous Palaces,
The Solemn Temples,
The Great Globe itself,
Yea all which it inherits shall dissolve
And like ye baseless
Fabrick of Vision
Leave not a Wreck behind".
There are two subsidairy prints, Minerva, Roman Goddess of wisdom and Fame.
The Tankard captures the moment that David Garrick promoted the less well known works of the Bard and elevated Shakespeare name to the forefront in 18th century society.