On the west lawn of the Folger Shakespeare Library is a marble sculpture of Puck (also known as Robin Goodfellow) . This character is from William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Puck, Oberon’s jester, uses magic to create mischief through deliberate efforts and inadvertent mistakes. Puck is both a good natured and sometimes cruel sprite known to some as a hobgoblin.
In Act 3, Scene 2 of A Midsummer’s Night Dream Puck observes: “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
The 1932 sculpture by Brenda Putnam has been repaired and now has a silver sheen.
Click Bas Relief Marble Sculptures to see the StationStart.com entry about the sculpted scenes from nine of William Shakespeare’s plays that line the front of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Click Folger Shakespeare Library to see the StationStart.com entry about the library and Elizabethan Theatre.
The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC, and Puck is the central figure in a fountain at the west end of the building. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the sculpture of Puck at the west end of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Closest Metro Station: The Capital South Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Folger Shakespeare Library.