Shakespeare's ginger hair
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1883 Monday, 29 September 2003
From: Martin Steward <
Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2003 00:13:21 +0100
Subject: Shakespeare's ginger hair
"Is there a portrait specialist on the list who knows why Shakespeare is
so ginger in this portrait?"
A friend who specializes in Regency and Victorian culture assures me
that "in the mid Victorian period, red and particularly auburn hair is
often seen as a sign of arty types (as I recalls some of the best
sensation novel villains in Braddon's fiction of the 60s and 70s are
painters/writers with luxuriant red locks)."
She adds the caveat, "But this is very speculative as I'm by no means an
expert on Brown."
I guess that means the artist, not the hair colour.
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