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Chandos Portrait
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0588.  Thursday, 1 August 1996.

From:           John Cox <
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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.

Any comments?

John Cox
Hope College
 

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