The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0103  Friday, 3 March 2006

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Friday, March 03, 2006
Subject: 	Chandos Portrait Probably Genuine

After three and a half years of research, Dr. Tarnya Cooper, curator of 
the "Searching for Shakespeare" exibition at the National Portrait 
Gallery, claims that the Chandos portrait, the first portrait of the 
London gallery's collection, "is the closest we're ever going to get to 
looking at the face of Shakespeare."  Although not conclusive, the 
evidence is strong that the portrait painted by John Taylor and once 
owned by William Davenant, Shakespeare's godson, is a depiction of 
Shakespeare. The Grafton and the Sanders portraits were judged as 
contemporaries of Shakespeare's but not the playwright, while the Soest, 
the Flower, and the Janssen, all painted after Shakespeare's death, were 
deemed fakes.

The Washington Post: 

The Guardian: http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,1721529,00.html

The Independent: 

Forbes.com: http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/03/01/ap2562671.html

NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5242000


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