The 'Shakespeare' Pen
William Shakespeare is generally seen as among the greatest writers
of the English language, writing approximately 38 plays and 154
sonnets, as well as a diversity of other poems. Shakespeare is considered
to be England's national poet.
Conway Stewart is proud to celebrate the life of
William Shakespeare with a special limited edition.
was born on 23 April, 1564 and raised in the picturesque Tudor market
town of Stratford-upon-Avon. During the sixteenth century, Stratford-upon-Avon
was an important agricultural centre and market town, licensed by
Richard I in the twelfth century.
Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden was a daughter
from an upper class family while his father produced and sold leather
goods such as purses, belts and gloves as well as being a dealer
in agricultural commodities. Mary Arden took a step down the social
ladder of the Elizabethan Age as her husband was of the yeoman class,
a notch or two below the gentry. With hard work, John Shakespeare
successfully served in Stratford government and during his career
was a member of Council, Constable, Chamberlain, Alderman and a
High Bailiff, which is equivalent to a Town Mayor. William Shakespeare
was their first son out of eight children.
In November 1582 at the age of 18, Shakespeare married
a local farmer's daughter, Anne Hathaway. She was eight years his
senior and three months pregnant with his child. It is rumoured
he was forced into a shotgun wedding by Hathaway's family. On 26
May 1583, their daughter Susanna was baptised, followed by twins,
Hamnet and Judith who were baptised on 2 February 1585.
Hamnet died eleven years later in 1596.
Shakespeare lived in London writing and performing
his plays, while Hathaway remained in Stratford. He worked hard
on becoming a successful playwright and actor and was associated
with several acting companies, the most notable of which was 'Lord
Chamberlain's Men' which later became known as the 'King's Men'
after receiving royal patronage.
During 1592, theatres closed for about two years
because of the London Plague. This was devastating for the professional
acting companies. During this time, Shakespeare turned to writing
book-length narrative poetry and sonnets. His most notable works
of this period were "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape
of Lucrece," both of which were dedicated to the Earl of Southampton.
When the theatres reopened, Shakespeare invested
the money earned from
writing poetry to establish himself within the revival of the acting
companies. By the time the Lord Chamberlain's men were performing
his work publicly, Shakespeare had become a part owner/manager sharing
the profits from his plays. Shakespeare became the company's principal
playwright, producing an average of 2 plays per year until his retirement
to Stratford around 1611 to 1612. During his time the Chamberlain's
Men had become the most popular acting company in London. Shakespeare's
work flourished and with the profits earned in 1599 he became part
owner in the most prestigious public playhouse in London, the Globe.
Shakespeare was an exceptionally practical individual,
known as a shrewd businessman in theatrical, commercial and real
William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, and
was buried three days later, exactly 52 years after his baptism.
He is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church where he had
been baptised exactly 52 years earlier. April 23 is also the traditional
date England celebrates their patron Saint, St. George.
There is a monument on the wall nearest his grave
featuring a bust showing Shakespeare posed in the act of writing.
The grave is covered by a flat stone that bears an epitaph which
has traditionally been ascribed to Shakespeare himself:
for Jesus sake forebeare,
To dig the dust enclosed heare
Blest be y man y spare thes stones,
And curs't be he y moves my..."
Shakespeare's works have been translated into countless
languages and his plays are repeatedly performed all around the
world. He is probably the most quoted writer in literature. The
Conway Stewart Shakespeare is a fitting tribute to this greatest
of English writers, featuring a scene from one of his most memorable
works, Romeo and Juliet on the barrel, while the cap is adorned
with the likeness of Shakespeare himself, taken from the famous
engraving in the First Folio of Shakespeare's works.
Conway Stewart Shakespeare Limited Edition has been created using
the art of airbrush and hand painting to evoke scenes from one of
his earliest theatrical triumphs, and is thought to be the classic
but tragic love story.
The Conway Stewart Shakespeare is a
fitting tribute to this greatest of English writers, featuring a
scene from one of his most memorable works, Romeo and Juliet on
the barrel, while the cap is adorned with the likeness of Shakespeare
himself, taken from the famous engraving in the First Folio of Shakespeare's
Our renowned airbrush artist executes
this artwork with painstaking care and attention to detail. The
technique used allows for a combination of fine detail and beautiful,
flowing spreads of colour.
As with all Conway Stewart writing
instruments, the solid 18-carat gold nib is available in a choice
of eight grades, from Extra Fine to Extra Broad, Italic Fine, Italic
Medium and Italic Broad.
The Shakespeare Limited Edition uses
the reliable cartridge converter filling mechanism and is packaged
in our deluxe packaging.
is one of the most identifiable icons of England