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William Shakespeare

(1564-1616), Dramatist and poet

Sitter associated with 96 portraits
The most celebrated English playwright and poet, Shakespeare is regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time. Whereas many poets of the period were wealthy amateurs, dramatists were usually professionals whose income came from supplying plays for the public theatres and court. Shakespeare worked as both an actor and playwright, and during his lifetime plays were usually regarded as texts belonging to the theatres for which they were written. However, the publication of Ben Jonson's Workes in 1616, and in 1623 his own Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, Tragedies (the 'First Folio'), were milestones in the recognition of plays as lasting, influential works of literature.

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William Shakespeare, by T.W. Harland, after  Laurence Hilliard - NPG D25483

William Shakespeare

by T.W. Harland, after Laurence Hilliard
stipple engraving, 1840 (circa 1620)
NPG D25483

William Shakespeare, by Benjamin Holl, published by  George Virtue, after  Jacobus Houbraken - NPG D32618

William Shakespeare

by Benjamin Holl, published by George Virtue, after Jacobus Houbraken
stipple engraving, published 1840
NPG D32618

William Shakespeare, by Richard James Lane, after  Thomas Baxter - NPG D21778

William Shakespeare

by Richard James Lane, after Thomas Baxter
lithograph, 1853
NPG D21778

William Shakespeare, by Richard James Lane, printed by  M & N Hanhart, after  Thomas Baxter - NPG D21779

William Shakespeare

by Richard James Lane, printed by M & N Hanhart, after Thomas Baxter
lithograph, published February 1853
NPG D21779

Shakespeare und die englische Literatur 1564-1864 (includes William Shakespeare and 87 other sitters), published by Friedrich Bruckmann, after  Wilhelm Lindenschmit the Younger - NPG D46392

Shakespeare und die englische Literatur 1564-1864 (includes William Shakespeare and 87 other sitters)

published by Friedrich Bruckmann, after Wilhelm Lindenschmit the Younger
photographic print, 1864 or after
NPG D46392

Shakespeare und die englische Literatur 1564-1864 (includes William Shakespeare and 87 other sitters), published by Friedrich Bruckmann, after  Wilhelm Lindenschmit the Younger - NPG D46393

Shakespeare und die englische Literatur 1564-1864 (includes William Shakespeare and 87 other sitters)

published by Friedrich Bruckmann, after Wilhelm Lindenschmit the Younger
lithograph, 1864 or after
NPG D46393

William Shakespeare, by Sir George Scharf, after  Unknown artist - NPG D41915

William Shakespeare

by Sir George Scharf, after Unknown artist
pencil, 29 April 1871
NPG D41915

William Shakespeare, by Charles William Sherborn - NPG D21186

William Shakespeare

by Charles William Sherborn
line engraving, 1876
NPG D21186

William Shakespeare, after Unknown sculptor, after  Gerard Johnson - NPG D42285

William Shakespeare

after Unknown sculptor, after Gerard Johnson
photographic print, early 20th century
NPG D42285

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William Shakespeare

by William Walker & Sons, after Isaac Jaggard, and Edward Blount, after Martin Droeshout
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862-1866 (1623)
NPG Ax9927

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William Shakespeare

after a painting attributed to John Taylor
chromolithograph, (circa 1610)
NPG D41643

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Unknown gentleman, possibly Sir Thomas Overbury, previously known as William Shakespeare

by Richard Earlom, after Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
mezzotint, (circa 1610)
NPG D4208

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William Shakespeare

after Gerard Johnson
stipple engraving, (circa 1620)
NPG D41659

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William Shakespeare

after Gerard Johnson
hand-coloured lithograph, (circa 1620)
NPG D41660

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William Shakespeare

after Gerard Johnson
mezzotint, (circa 1620)
NPG D18888

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William Shakespeare

by Unknown artist, after Martin Droeshout
lithograph, (1623)
NPG D40738

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William Shakespeare

by and sold by George Vertue
line engraving, 1719
NPG D41637

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Memorial to William Shakespeare for poets' corner in Westminster Abbey

after Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon), after Peter Scheemakers
etching, 1741
NPG D41656

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William Shakespeare

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1747
NPG D41636

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