portraits of Shakespeare

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The only two portraits with strong claims to authenticity are the Droeshout engraving and the bust on the monument. Many paintings have been claimed as portraits of Shakespeare; some are genuine paintings of the time faked to resemble the authentic portraits; some are forgeries; others are genuine portraits of the time of unknown sitters. The subject is treated by David Piper in ‘O Sweet Mr Shakespeare: I'II have his picture’ (National Portrait Gallery, 1964). See also: CHANDOS PORTRAIT; CHESTERFIELD PORTRAIT; FLOWER PORTRAIT; GRAFTON PORTRAIT; KESSELSTADT DEATH MASK; SOEST PORTRAIT; SCHEEMAKERS, PETER.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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