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New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0658  Thursday, 13 July 2006

[1] 	From: 	Helen Whall <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 12 Jul 2006 16:27:05 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0647 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered

[2] 	From: 	Sandra Lynn Sparks <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 12 Jul 2006 18:05:06 -0400
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0640 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered

[3] 	From: 	Peter Bridgman <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 13 Jul 2006 08:24:52 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0647 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered


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From: 		Helen Whall <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 12 Jul 2006 16:27:05 -0400
Subject: 17.0647 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0647 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered

By 1610, Shakespeare had inherited the title of "gentleman" he so 
carefully secured for his father.  And to anticipate reference to the 
memorial blockheaded bust marking Shakespeare's tomb:  in addition to 
various questions about the bust's "likeness," to its purported subject, 
quite a few illnesses, syphilis in particular (as noted by S in a number 
of plays) had a rather dramatic and rapid affect on hairlines.

Helen Whall

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From: 		Sandra Lynn Sparks <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 12 Jul 2006 18:05:06 -0400
Subject: 17.0640 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0640 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered

Actually, it is possible. Have they simply dated the portrait to 1610, 
or is there a date on it?  It is similar enough to the Grafton to look 
like a possibility, (I think the experts that called the Grafton a fake 
are more than a bit off) and it seems to strike a middle ground between 
the young and old images: certainly the nose and general shape of the 
face reflects the Droeshout engraving (I hope I spelled that right). I 
would love it if it is a portrait of him...Is there a costume expert on 
the list? I think the ruff looks like the 1590's...

Sandra

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From: 		Peter Bridgman <
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Date: 		Thursday, 13 Jul 2006 08:24:52 +0100
Subject: 17.0647 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0647 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered

Imtiaz Habib writes ...

 >Ruff collars are hardly a dress accessory of a commoner.
 >Shakespeare? I most certainly think not!

We had a ruff discussion only recently, when I posted the following 
lines from 'Elizabeth's London' by Liza Picard ...

"Everyone wore them, women and men, working people and courtiers. ... A 
working man's or woman's ruff had a neck band and pleats, but the fabric 
was coarser ... so that it stood up on its own.  An apprentice's ruff 
was not supposed to be more than one and a half yards long ... A 
maidservant's clothes, listed on her admission to St Bartholomew's 
Hospital in 1569 and returned to her on her discharge, included 'three 
pairs of ruffs'."

Peter Bridgman

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