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Portrait of Shakespeare Unveiled
BBC News ^ | April 22, 2009

Posted on 04/22/2009 8:44:41 PM PDT by Steelfish

Portrait of Shakespeare unveiled

The portrait of Shakespeare has attracted attention

A portrait of William Shakespeare thought to be the only picture made of him during his lifetime has been unveiled in Warwickshire.

The painting is on show at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, to celebrate the playwright's birthday on 23 April. The trust said it was convinced the artwork, thought to date back to 1610, was an authentic portrait.

But some critics have gone on record to say the picture is not of Shakespeare.

The painting, known as the Cobbe portrait, was inherited by art restorer Alec Cobbe and authenticated in March.

'Clearly the original'

Professor Stanley Wells, from the trust, said he was convinced the painting was genuine.

"The painting's been tucked away in a private collection and I don't think anyone quite realised what it was," he said.

"We've got lots of evidence it's Shakespeare and although it isn't formal evidence, we have plenty of circumstantial evidence to say it is him."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Poetry
KEYWORDS: aleccobbe; shakespeare; stanleywells; williamshakespeare

1 posted on 04/22/2009 8:44:41 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Help needed to post pic from URL


2 posted on 04/22/2009 8:45:42 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

What does it matter? He probably didn’t write any of his works anyhow.


3 posted on 04/22/2009 8:47:35 PM PDT by Raster Man
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4 posted on 04/22/2009 8:47:52 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Steelfish
Help needed to post pic from URL

Place cursor on picture.

Right click on pic.

Left click on "properties".

Left double-click on "address URL".

Left click on "copy".

Return to thread and type in "img src=" (click "paste") ">

Viola!

5 posted on 04/22/2009 8:50:23 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: MHGinTN

Thanks!


6 posted on 04/22/2009 9:07:05 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Glad my meager html abilities could be of service.


7 posted on 04/22/2009 9:07:52 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

It doesn’t quite look like de Vere:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/85/Edward_de_Vere.JPG

He’s the guy who most likely wrote the sonnets and plays.


8 posted on 04/22/2009 10:15:53 PM PDT by devere
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9 posted on 04/23/2009 1:18:38 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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