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"Sanders" Portrait
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1553  Monday, 24 June 2002

From:           Michael Best <
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Date:           Sat, 22 Jun 2002 08:32:16 -0700
Subject:        "Sanders" Portrait

Today's Globe and Mail has an article about the owner of the "Sanders"
portrait of Shakespeare (if it is Shakespeare). The online version of
the Globe has just the cover story -- the print edition has an excerpt
from the forthcoming book.

Book titled Shakespeare's Face fills void, portrait's owner says

By JAMES ADAMS
NATIONAL ARTS CORRESPONDENT

Saturday, June 22, 2002 - Print Edition, Page A6

The name of the Canadian owner of a now famous portrait purported to be
of William Shakespeare is revealed in a new book on the painting,
Shakespeare's Face, to be published July 6.

You won't find Lloyd Sullivan, who's had the portrait since 1972, at his
home in Ottawa this weekend. The 69-year-old engineer, who retired from
Bell Canada, and his wife, Mary, are heading to a cottage, hoping to
avoid a repeat of the media attention they dodged when The Globe and
Mail unveiled the previously unknown portrait on its front page May 11,
2001.

Mr. Sullivan requested that his name be kept out of the original
stories, written by Globe and Mail reporter Stephanie Nolen, who's also
the primary author of Shakespeare's Face.

"I didn't want to be hounded to death," Mr. Sullivan said. "I think of
myself as a family man. I don't relish the spotlight. I'm more of a
back-of-the-room type."

Whether he can keep his profile low remains to be seen. When Louise
Dennys, executive publisher of Knopf Canada, approached Ms. Nolen last
summer with the idea of writing a book about the portrait, touted as the
only one painted of the Bard during his lifetime (1564-1616), Mr.
Sullivan agreed it made sense to include his name.

Strict secrecy has governed the writing, production and distribution of
the book. After a brief inspection of it, Mr. Sullivan declared himself
to be "very, very pleased with the book. In my research, anywhere I
went, I found very little on Shakespeare and his portraits, especially
work done in the last 50 years. This book fills that void."

The painting is now called "the Sanders portrait," after John Sanders,
an ancestor of Mr. Sullivan's who is believed to have painted it.

Michael Best
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
<http://www.uvic.ca/shakespeare>

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