A stately statue of our 'national poet'

Unlikely to be a glimpse of the real man!

This influential likeness arrived 125 years after Shakespeare died. Many copies have since followed.

The statue's creators never knew Shakespeare, but his fame was lasting - he was the author of classic plays and the face of many a fine portrait.

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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