William Shakespeare

1 portrait

William Shakespeare, associated with John Taylor, circa 1600-1610 - NPG 1 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shakespeare

associated with John Taylor
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1600-1610
21 3/4 in. x 17 1/4 in. (552 mm x 438 mm)
Given by Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, 1856
Primary Collection

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  • John Taylor (died 1651), Painter. Artist associated with 11 portraits.

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This is the only portrait of Shakespeare that has a good claim to have been painted from life, and may be by a painter called John Taylor who was an important member of the Painter-Stainers' Company. The portrait is known as the 'Chandos portrait', after a previous owner, and was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, when it was founded in 1856.

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