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Bedchamber in Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Photo credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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This late nineteenth-century painting shows the Hathaway Bed, once thought to be the 'second best bed' that Shakespeare left to Anne Hathaway in his will. It is signed 'May 1890, Fred Roe'.

It was originally painted by Fred Roe while on honeymoon. It was then retouched and a bottle added 'for effect' by his son after being given the picture following a visit to Stratford.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust





oil on canvas


H 34.3 x W 50 cm

Accession number

SBT 1995-52

Acquisition method

purchased, 1995

Work type


Inscription description

signed and dated May 1890 Fred Roe

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW England

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