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Bartolozzi Engravings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2472  Monday, 5 January 2004

From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Saturday, 3 Jan 2004 18:44:59 -0000
Subject: 14.2465 Bartolozzi Engravings
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2465 Bartolozzi Engravings

 >> I think it's the death of Kit Marlowe.

As a Renaissance Drama enthusiast, I thought about that (the killing of
Marlowe), very briefly, but not only does this seem an unlikely subject
for an 18th Century Italian-born engraver (who is unlikely to have known
the details of a 16th Century English inquest that were not widely known
even at the time of the killing and were only rediscovered in the 20th
century), but the details of the killing are all wrong.  There are too
many knives - Marlowe was stabbed once by one person while two others
sat by, the Bartolozzi engravings show all three of the other men
wielding knives against the fourth (at different times) - and Marlowe
was stabbed while reclining on a bed, not sitting at a table.

Thomas Larque.
"Shakespeare and His Critics"       "British Shakespeare Association"
http://shakespearean.org.uk           http://britishshakespeare.ws

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