William Shakespeare

Charles William Sherborn British
Printer Thomas Brooker British
Sitter William Shakespeare British

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Derived from a famous sculpted effigy of Shakespeare at Holy Trinity Church at Stratford-upon-Avon, this portrait print shows the subject wearing a doublet, winged collar, earring and goatee. Laurels behind the head form a secular halo, and the subject is surrounded by emblematic objects—a skull, Tudor rose, and volume labeled "Comedia, Tragedia, Poesia," with a plaque below lauding the Bard as poet, philosopher and actor. Known as the "Victorian little master," Sherborn worked first for Swiss goldsmiths before returning to London to lead a revival of copper-engraved bookplates. This jewel-like print is close to a bookplate in size but was not produced for a single collector. The Museum has most of the nine states which together demonstrate how carefully the image was developed. This is the seventh state.

William Shakespeare, Charles William Sherborn (British, London 1831–1912 London), Engraving; seventh state of nine

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