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Re: The Chandos Portrait
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 334.  Friday, 28 May 1993.
 
From:           Stephen Orgel <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 May 93 10:21:42 PDT
Subject: 4.0329  Re: The Chandos Portrait
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0329  Re: The Chandos Portrait
 
I have just the opposite problem: I can see no connection between the
Chandos head and the memorial bust, which, however, looks to me like
a perfectly plausible older and fatter version of the man in the
Droushout print. These matters are so subjective that there's no point
arguing about them, but the Chandos provenance provides no evidence
for the painting as Shakespeare--the most it shows is that Davenant in
1640 thought he had a picture of the playwright he idolized. Anyway, for
Joseph Taylor see the DNB entry, which, however, doubts that he was
the painter of the Chandos, and ascribes it instead to the painter
John Taylor, nephew of the Water Poet. The article I was recalling
produces some new evidence on the matter; I can't locate it now, but
it came out in about 1980 and was called to my attention by Muriel
Bradbrook.
 
Stephen Orgel
 

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