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Re: The Chandos Portrait
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 340.  Saturday, 29 May 1993.
From:           John Mucci <
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Date:           Friday, 28 May 93 13:36:18-0400
Subject:        Others on Chandos
Anent the Chandos portrait and the mention of David Piper's
pamphlet by Nick Clary: it is of interest that Piper's actual
comment is--
"The Chandos is an authentic English portrait of the period; the
costume with the small plain collar and earring dated to the
*close* of the 16th century; the portrait has been subject to
extensive rubbing which draws attention to the beard, moustache &
forehead which have suffered some distortion.  The identity of
the Chandos as an authentic likeness of the Bard has not been
proven; its pedigree before 1719 has not been established."
And also, from Ivor Brown's book *Amazing Monument* (1939): "The
discovery of "Genuine Shakespeare Portraits" has been going on
briskly ever since the 18th cntury. The most reputable of the
rivals to the Droeshout has been ther Chandos portrait, now in
the National Gallery and alleged to have been painted by Burbage
& passed on to us through the hands of Sir William Davenant, the
Poet Laureate of Charles II, who used to boast that he was
Shakespeare's bastard. That is as may be.  So are all the
Shakespeare portraits."
John Mucci
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