The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0213 Friday, 24 March 2006
From: Sara Fink <
Date: Thursday, 23 Mar 2006 14:38:52 -0500
Subject: 17.0162 Chandos Portrait Probably Genuine
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0162 Chandos Portrait Probably Genuine
Melvyn R. Leventhal wrote:
>2. As for the origins of the Chandos, I thought that the evidence
>points to Richard Burbage as the painter, the actor Joseph Taylor,
>as its first owner and Sir W. D'Avenant as having obtained it from
>Taylor. What scholarship proved this to be in error? And wasn't
>John Taylor the painter a brother to Joseph Taylor the actor?
The article identifying a likely painter of the Chandos portrait, and
examining the portrait's provenance, is by Mary Edmond, in Burlington
Magazine 124 (1982): 146-149. She examined Vertue's actual notebooks,
with his insertions etc., and constructed a likely provenance: from
Taylor, to Davenant--once he got out of prison, to Betterton, purchased
by Keck (and from thence I believe that provenance is not a problem, as
Edmond does not discuss it). The John Taylor referred to in Vertue's
notes (as possessing the portrait until he died) Edmond identifies as a
leading member of the Painters-Stainers guild.
If there is more recent information identifying Joseph Taylor as John
the painter's brother, I don't know of it and have not been able to
chase it down.
Edmond produced a similarly detailed examination of the engraver of the
Droeshout portrait (identifying him as the elder, not the younger,
Martin Droeshout) in Shakespeare Quarterly 42 (1991): 339-344.
Sara V. Fink
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