William Shakespeare

Various artists/makers

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Created for Abraham Wivell's "Inquiry into the History of the Shakespeare Portraits" (1827), Picart's print accurately reduces Droeshout's famous title page engraving in the First Folio (1623). The Bard is distinguished by his prominent forehead, long hair covering his ears, mustache and mouche (patch of hair below his lower lip). He wears a starched white collar, a doublet adorned with lace or braid, and fastened by covered buttons. Since the original image was approved by actor friends of Shakespeare, who edited the 1623 publication, and accompanied by a laudatory verse written by another contemporary, Ben Jonson, it is considered a good likeness.

William Shakespeare, Charles Picart (British, active ca. 1780–1837), Etching and engraving on chine collé

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