The Chesterfield Portrait of Shakespeare

The theory goes that Shakespeare was a playwright who wrote his soul into his plays - but this Shakespeare looks like he might just disagree!

His words often seem to ring out from portraits - but we'll never know for sure if these artists are truly getting closer to the character of the 'real man.'

Does your idea of Shakespeare match theirs?
Can you imagine these Shakespeares uttering any of his words?

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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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