Unknown gentleman, possibly Sir Thomas Overbury, previously known as William Shakespeare
published by Richard Griffin & Co, after Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, mid 19th century (circa 1610)
6 1/2 in. x 4 1/8 in. (165 mm x 105 mm) plate size; 9 3/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (238 mm x 150 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- NPG D41652: William Shakespeare (mounted together)
- NPG D41651: William Shakespeare (mounted together)
- NPG D41654: William Shakespeare (mounted together)
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Art and science
Liverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides
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