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William Shakespeare

2 of 8 portraits on display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery

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

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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
NPG 1


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

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This is the only portrait of him that has any claim to have been painted from life. It 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. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the Gallery in 1856.

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