David Garrick delivering his Ode to Shakespeare

David Garrick delivering his Ode to Shakespeare

In September 1769 David Garrick organised a three-day Jubilee celebration in honour of Shakespeare, held in Stratford Upon Avon. Stratford's councillors agreed to confer the freedom of the town upon Garrick who subsequently donated a portrait of Shakespeare by Benjamin Wilson and a statue by John Cheere. The celebrations included banquets, dances and firework displays, including an appearance from Garrick who delivered his personal 'Ode to Shakespeare' .