William Shakespeare Obt. Ano. Dom: 1616. Aetat 53.Shakespeare! such Thoughs inimitable shine, Drest in thy Words, thy Fancy seems Divine; 'Tis Natures Mirrour where she views each Grace, And all the various Features of Face. Done from the Original now in the Possession of Robert Keck of the Inner Temple Esq.r.
Engraving, proof before publisher's address, very scarce in this state. Sheet 360 x 240mm (14¼ x 9½". Trimmed and mounted in album sheet.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), dramatist and poet, copied from the so-called 'Chandos portrait', the only one belived to be painted from life, attributed to John Taylor, painted c.1610. The painting, the first portrait acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, was first recorded on the death of Robert Keck, the year this print was engraved.
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