Quote from Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 4: "There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face."

The enigmatic Shakespeare in Ralph Steadman's etching might be amused to hear all the arguments.

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" he might quip (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 3, Scene 2). After all, appearances can be misleading!

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Etching of Shakespeare, by Ralph Steadman.
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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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