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Re: Portrait of Southampton
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1144  Friday, 26 April 2002

From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Apr 2002 11:49:58 -0400
Subject: 13.1122 Re: Portrait of Southampton
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1122 Re: Portrait of Southampton

Noah and I went on a hunt to find more information on this subject, and
found the following portrait of Southampton, taken later in his life
http://www.gorki.net/Art/fa12.html

What we find interesting is that the jacket he is wearing is almost
identical to the one in the supposedly "gay" portrait, and his hair is
also long and flowing, making us wonder what it is about the recently
discovered portrait that suggests he is cross-dressed at all.

The Guardian article ("That's no lady, that's...", Sunday 21 April 2002)
says the following:

>In the portrait by an unknown artist, dating from the early 1590s, the
>teenage Henry Wriothesley, third Earl of Southampton, is wearing lipstick,
>rouge and an elaborate double earring. His long hair hangs down in very
>feminine tresses and his hand lies on his heart in a somewhat camp gesture.

While we are not denying the possibility that Southampton was gay, it
seems to us that a lot of modern values and perspectives are being
imposed here.

Any thoughts?

Tanya Gough (and Noah)
Poor Yorick
www.bardcentral.com

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