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Chandos Portrait Probably Genuine
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0213  Friday, 24 March 2006

From: 		Sara Fink <
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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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