William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare, by Martin Droeshout, 1632 or 1663-1664 - NPG 185 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shakespeare

by Martin Droeshout
engraving, 1632 or 1663-1664
7 1/2 in. x 6 1/4 in. (191 mm x 159 mm)
Purchased, 1864
Primary Collection
NPG 185


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This posthumous engraved portrait was first produced for the title page of the first complete publication of Shakespeare's plays in 1623, known as the First Folio (1623). The engraving was perhaps based on an existing portrait which has not been identified. This version of the engraving dates from the second or third editions of the plays in either 1632 or 1663-4.

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