Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale

© the artist. Photo credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

Inspired by 'The Winter's Tale', the sculpture is one of a series designed for the Great Garden near New Place, the site of Shakespeare's former home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare's New Place



The Winter's Tale





Accession number

STRST : SBT 2008-8

Acquisition method

gift from the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, 2008

Work type


Signature/marks description

rear base: Greg Wyatt © 2008

Inscription description

PAULINA / If you can behold it / I'll make the statue move indeed, descend / And take you by the hand; but then you'll think-- / Which I protest against--I am assisted / 90 / By wicked powers; LEONTES / What you can make her do / I am content to look on: what to speak, / I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy / To make her speak as move. / PAULINA / It is required / You do awake your faith. Then all stand still; / On: those that think it is unlawful business / I am about, let them depart. / LEONTES / Proceed: / No foot shall stir. / PAULINA / Music, awake her; strike! / Act 5 Scene 3 / Music / 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more; approach; / Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come, / I'll fill your grave up: stir, nay, come away, / Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him / Dear life redeems you. You perceive she stirs: / HERMIONE comes down / Start not; her actions shall be holy as / You hear my spell is lawful: do not shun her / Until you see her die again; for then / You kill her double. Nay, present your hand: / When she was young you woo'd her; now in age / Is she become the suitor? / LEONTES / O, she's warm! / If this be magic, let it be an art / Lawful as eating. / The Winter’s Tale Act 5 scene 3


This artwork does not have any tags yet. You can help by tagging artworks on Tagger.

Normally on display at

Shakespeare's New Place

22 Chapel Street , Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6EP England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue