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William Shakespeare

(1564-1616), Dramatist and poet

Sitter associated with 96 portraits
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon and 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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Unknown man, possibly a poet, formerly known as William Shakespeare, by William Holl Sr, published by  Abraham Wivell - NPG D25482

Unknown man, possibly a poet, formerly known as William Shakespeare

by William Holl Sr, published by Abraham Wivell
line engraving, published 1827 (circa 1600)
NPG D25482

William Shakespeare, by William Holl Sr, published by and after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D41650

William Shakespeare

by William Holl Sr, published by and after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1827
NPG D41650

William Shakespeare's interview with Queen Elizabeth I, by William Ensom, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D41664

William Shakespeare's interview with Queen Elizabeth I

by William Ensom, after Thomas Stothard
etching and line engraving, 1828
NPG D41664

William Shakespeare, published by T.H. Ellis, after  John Taylor - NPG D40744

William Shakespeare

published by T.H. Ellis, after John Taylor
line and stipple engraving, mid 19th century (circa 1610)
NPG D40744

Unknown gentleman, possibly Sir Thomas Overbury, previously known as William Shakespeare, published by Richard Griffin & Co, after  Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist - NPG D41653

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

published by Richard Griffin & Co, after Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
line engraving, mid 19th century (circa 1610)
NPG D41653

William Shakespeare, by G.F. Storm - NPG D19795

William Shakespeare

by G.F. Storm
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D19795

William Shakespeare before Sir Thomas Lucy for Shooting his Deer, by James Egan, after  Alexander Chisholm - NPG D41662

William Shakespeare before Sir Thomas Lucy for Shooting his Deer

by James Egan, after Alexander Chisholm
mezzotint, (exhibited 1834)
NPG D41662

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 Samuel Cousins, after a painting attributed to  John Taylor - NPG D40739

William Shakespeare

by Samuel Cousins, after a painting attributed to John Taylor
mezzotint, published June 1849 (circa 1610)
NPG D40739

William Shakespeare, by Richard Austin Artlett, after a painting attributed to  John Taylor - NPG D40740

William Shakespeare

by Richard Austin Artlett, after a painting attributed to John Taylor
line and stipple engraving, circa 1850-1873 (circa 1610)
NPG D40740

William Shakespeare, published by W.N. Wright, after a painting attributed to  Richard Burbage (Burbadge) - NPG D41641

William Shakespeare

published by W.N. Wright, after a painting attributed to Richard Burbage (Burbadge)
lithograph, published 4 June 1851
NPG D41641

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

William Shakespeare, by Sir George Scharf, after a painting attributed to  John Taylor - NPG D40741

William Shakespeare

by Sir George Scharf, after a painting attributed to John Taylor
lithograph, circa 1856 (circa 1610)
NPG D40741

William Shakespeare, by James Faed the Elder, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  John Faed - NPG D41647

William Shakespeare

by James Faed the Elder, published by Henry Graves & Co, after John Faed
mezzotint, published 20 June 1859
NPG D41647

William Shakespeare, by James Faed the Elder, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  John Faed - NPG D41648

William Shakespeare

by James Faed the Elder, published by Henry Graves & Co, after John Faed
mezzotint, published 1859
NPG D41648

William Shakespeare and Muse, by Charles Henry Jeens, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  Edward William John Hopley - NPG D41663

William Shakespeare and Muse

by Charles Henry Jeens, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Edward William John Hopley
stipple and line engraving, published 15 August 1861
NPG D41663

William Shakespeare, by and published by Day & Son, after  Martin Droeshout - NPG D40736

William Shakespeare

by and published by Day & Son, after Martin Droeshout
lithograph, published 9 April 1864 (1623)
NPG D40736

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

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