William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was the first sculpture placed on the southern end of the Mall, also known as Literary Walk.

The statue pays tribute to the legendary writer and was donated by the citizens of New York in 1864, honoring the 300th anniversary of his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon.

This sculpture was created by John Quincy Adams Ward. Several of his other works are featured in Central Park, including The Pilgrim, Indian Hunter, and Seventh Regiment Memorial.