The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1845 Wednesday, 9 November 2005
From: Tom Rutter <
Date: Tuesday, 8 Nov 2005 20:42:45 -0000
Subject: 16.1836 Grafton Portrait
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1836 Grafton Portrait
>"At the age of 24, Shakespeare would have been unable to afford the
>sumptuous silk and satin jacket worn by the man, having recently become
>a father to twins and possibly joining a travelling theatre troupe."
Coincidentally, in his 24th year another playwright does seem to have
been able to afford a portrait of himself. Marston's "Antonio and
Mellida" (1599), V.i, uses as a prop a painting inscribed "Aetatis suae
24" which has been taken as a portrait of the dramatist. Perhaps he was
feeling flush after inheriting a legacy from his lawyer father.
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