Portrait claimed to be the only picture of William Shakespeare painted in his lifetime to be unveiled

March 9, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A portrait claimed to be the only picture of William Shakespeare painted in his lifetime will be unveiled on Monday, at Dartmouth House in central London at 11am.

The portrait, belongs to art restorer Alec Cobbe, who hired Stanley Wells, a Birmingham University emeritus professor of Shakespeare studies, to authenticate the claim that the 1610 painting is the only portrait of Shakespeare, the great British poet and playwright while he was alive. Cobbe’s family has been in possession of the portrait, thought to have been created six years before Shakespeare’s death in 1616 at age 52, since the early 18th century.

There has long been controversy over the accuracy of some of the portraits claimed as likenesses of the man regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

At one time the family believed the portrait to be of Sir Walter Raleigh.  But the true identity of the man featured in the portrait remained a mystery for three centuries until, in 2006 Cobbe visited the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Searching for Shakespeare. On display were several pictures, which over the years some had suggested were of Shakespeare.

Cobbe saw another portrait of Shakespeare that appeared nearly identical, The Sunday Times of London reported.

The second painting is thought to be the work of the late Flemish painter Cornelis Janssen, The Times said.


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One Response to “Portrait claimed to be the only picture of William Shakespeare painted in his lifetime to be unveiled”

  1. RouletteSystemofAdown on March 9th, 2009 12:20 pm

    wow, interesting… good post

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