Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0588. Thursday, 1 August 1996.
Date: Wednesday, 31 Jul 1996 09:14:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Chandos Portrait
I've been away from SHAKSPER for a couple of months, so I don't know if anyone
has mentioned the article on the Chandos portrait of Shakespeare in the May 24
TLS. Darren Emerson Lay, an actor and director, has discovered a John Taylor
(to whom the portrait is ascribed) among Paul's Boys in the late sixteenth
century. Lay describes a plausible scenario by which the Paul's Taylor could
have painted the portrait in 1600-1604. If Lay is right, then the Chandos
becomes the earliest and most authoritative portrait of Shakespeare.