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Bartolozzi Engravings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0037  Wednesday, 7 January 2004

From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Tuesday, 6 Jan 2004 21:16:46 -0000
Subject: 14.2472 Bartolozzi Engravings
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2472 Bartolozzi Engravings

Thomas Larque wrote:

 >>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.

I think it is time this nonsense was knocked on the head.  Whether
Bartolozzi had ever heard of Shakespeare or Marlowe (or anyone else) is
irrelevant.  He is simply engraving drawings by Guercino in the Royal
Library at Windsor.  I think we can be certain that Guercino (1591-1666)
had never heard of Shakespeare.

John Briggs

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