The Droeshout Engraving

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Shakespeare's first published portrait

A glimpse of the 'real man?'

Shakespeare died in 1616.

Friends and fellow actors commissioned this engraving in 1623.

But is this how you imagine Shakespeare to look?

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Why change his image?
To celebrate him?
To promote him?
To play at politics?

To reinvent him?

the early likenesses
his first published portrait One from the family gallery
his funeral bust
A stately statue

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