Shakespeare Again?

In a previous post, we looked at the portraits of 17th century dramatists and playwrights, including the various surviving images of Shakespeare.

To add to this list, we now have the below portrait that is claimed to be a 17th century portrayal of the Bard, although the sellers offer no further information, such as provenance or an estimated date of completion, only that it is oil on board.

Shakespeare

When compared to one of  two portraits believed most likely to have been painted from life, known as the ‘Chandos’ portrait, this one isn’t far off the mark, and may well have been copied from it.

ShakespeareChandos

That said, I’m not entirely convinced the new picture is 17th century at all. Allowing for the artistic licence that makes the sitter more brooding Hollywood vampire than the more ordinary looking fellow beneath, something about the style and finish of it doesn’t strike me as 1600s.  What do readers think?

You can view the sale page here.

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