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The Love Settle

Created by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Artist-in-Residence, Lee Lapthorne

The Love Settle, by Lee Lapthorne

The Love Settle is an outdoor lounger created by Artist-in-Residence Lee Lapthorne, currently on display at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the beautiful 500-year old cottage where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be, Anne

The Bard's Rest
The Love Settle

Inspired by love and romance, this bespoke piece features designs based on tattoos collected by the sailors of William Shakespeare’s day as 'souvenirs' of the places they visited, as well as symbols and images that would have been familiar to Shakespeare. Many of these were found in the books and maps held in the Trust’s world-class museum, archive and library collections. This includes The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes, by John Gerarde, which was printed in 1597.

Some of Shakespeare’s most well-known characters are embedded into the settle, inspired by illustrations or images of actors in performance.

Love angels and spirits can also be seen throughout the piece, as seen in wood carvings in Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. The quotes are inspired by references to love in Shakespeare’s plays, to which Lee has added a modern form of communicating feelings of love in the form of text message abbreviations, including:

  • LOLV = Lots of love
  • LY4E = Love you forever
  • LUWAMH = Love you with all my heart.

As part of the commission, Lee has created another piece of furniture called The Bard’s Rest, which is on display at Hall’s Croft - the home of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna and her physician husband, John Hall

Lee Lapthorne’s residency at SBT is supported by Arts Council England as part of the charity’s creative and outreach programme to share Shakespeare’s works, life and times with communities. The Love Settle will be on display at Anne Hathaway's Cottage until Sunday September 15th.

Follow Lee on Instagram at @leelapthorne #TheLoveSettle

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