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A Life Portrait.

This exhibition marks a defining moment in the history of Shakespeare’s posthumous reputation. Over the centuries a number of images have been put forward as life portraits of our greatest writer, but at present none of them is generally accepted as such. Up until now, the only two likenesses with strong claims to authenticity have been the engraving in the First Folio, of 1623, by Droeshout, and the bust in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon. Now, with the emergence of the Cobbe portrait, we are presented with a contemporary portrait that has strong claims to represent the dramatist as he appeared to his contemporaries.

‘Behold, and wonder!’

23 April 2009 to 4 October 2009

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


The real story behind Shakespeare and his patron ...

Prof. Stanley Wells Talks about the Cobbe Portrait ...

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