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What did Shakespeare look like? From Upstart Crow to statues in bronze

We’re surrounded by images of Shakespeare, yet it’s often said that we don’t really know what he looked like. I’ve been greatly enjoying the TV comedy series Upstart Crow, written by Ben Elton whose brilliant scripts for Blackadder back in … Continue reading

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A new Shakespeare portrait

We’re all familiar with Shakespeare’s face, although it’s often said that we don’t really know what he looked like. Every now and then someone will proclaim another painting to be an original portrait of Shakespeare, newly identified. A new painting, … Continue reading

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Great Shakespeare performances: David Garrick’s Richard III

Few dates in the history of Shakespeare on stage are as significant at 19 October 1741. Then the young David Garrick (billed as “A gentlemen who never appeared on any stage”) performed the part of Richard III at Goodman’s Fields … Continue reading

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To move, astonish and delight mankind: Shakespeare at Stowe

With the extravagance of the Chelsea Flower Show behind us, and gardens and open spaces looking at their best, summer has finally started. Shakespeare has always been associated with nature, writing about flowers, plants and the English countryside.  So it’s surprising … Continue reading

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Latest news about Shakespeare’s portraits

Shakespeare’s face is universally recognised, and there must be thousands of different portraits in existence. Yet very few of them could be said to be authentic in any way. For centuries people have wanted to own their own image of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, portraits, and finding the mind’s construction in the face

Last week I spent some time admiring a group of portraits now in the National Gallery, London, by the North Italian painter Moroni who lived from around 1520 to 1579. One is very well known. In The tailor the subject … Continue reading

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