(1578 –1632) On 31 March 1613, his steward recorded a payment ‘to Mr Shakespeare in gold about my lord's impresa, 44s.; to Richard Burbage for painting and making it, in gold, 44s.’ An ‘impresa’ was a painted paper or pasteboard shield with emblems or mottoes. Apparently Shakespeare had devised this one. The occasion was the tilt on King James I's Accession Day, 24 March. Shakespeare portrays such a tilt in Pericles, II. ii.
From A Dictionary of Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.