Portrait of Shakespeare by Gerard Soest

more about this portrait

A portrait from the family gallery?

A glimpse of the 'real man?'

This likeness was influenced by the Chandos Portrait of Shakespeare, which was painted during his lifetime.

It was owned by
William Davenant. A playwright and theatre owner, he claimed to be Shakespeare's illegitimate son.

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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