The Chesterfield Portrait. Featuring Shakespeare with his hand on an open book, and seeming to gesture to the viewer.

The Chesterfield Portrait of Shakespeare

Painted in oils on panel, between about 1660 and 1670.

Art historians believe this painting to be the work of Peter Borseller.

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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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