In 1980 this Sculpture was put up, outside a BT building Baynard House in the City of London Borough.
It is based on the Seven Ages of Man poem that William Shakespeare wrote, which was used in the play “As You Like It”. The Artist is Richard Kindersley.
“All the World’s A Stage”, starts the well known Shakespeare monologue that is used in the play “As you like it”.
It can be found in Act II Scene VII and is the part of the melancholy Jaques.
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow.
Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth,
And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
Other connections inspirations about the 7 ages of man and world stage
It is also thought that the 7 ages of man, fits along with the 7 deadly sins. Juvenal the Roman poet wrote about the whole of Greece being a stage and every Greek an actor. The Play Damon and Pythias written around 1564 by Richard Edwards, made reference to the world being a stage and people playing their parts. But there are more connections the Latin words quod fere totus Mundus exercet histrionem – mean ” because almost the whole world are actors.” It was a 12th century saying. It was on a sign at Shakespeares Globe theatre and also has a connection to the Roman courtier Petronius.
Painting 7 ages of man
King Henry the V had a tapestry with the 7 ages of man. An artist by the name of Smirke painted a series of paintings based on the seven ages of man 1798-1801. They consisted of the Infant, Schoolboy, Lover, Soldier, Justice, Pantaloon, Old Age In 1838 another painting the 7 ages of man was created by William Mulready
It can be found on Queen Victoria Street on the way towards BlackFriars.