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William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare, after Gerard Johnson, 1846 (circa 1620) - NPG 1281 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shakespeare

after Gerard Johnson
coloured plaster cast, 1846 (circa 1620)
32 in. x 27 in. (813 mm x 686 mm)
Given by Mrs Charles James Wylie, 1900
Primary Collection
NPG 1281


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  • Gerard Johnson (active 1616-1623), Sculptor. Artist associated with 12 portraits.

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This is a nineteenth century copy of Shakespeare's monument at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-Upon-Avon. The original was possibly by Garrat Johnson (or Gheerart Janssen), a Dutch émigré working in Southwark at the time. The copy was made when the original polychrome bust was painted white. Sculptural funerary momuments and memorials increasingly included portraits around this time.

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