Unknown gentleman, possibly Sir Thomas Overbury, previously known as William Shakespeare
by Richard Earlom, after Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, (circa 1610)
5 3/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (147 mm x 113 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- NPG D4207: Unknown gentleman, possibly Sir Thomas Overbury, previously known as William Shakespeare (from same plate)
- NPG D41649: Unknown gentleman, possibly Sir Thomas Overbury, previously known as William Shakespeare (based on same portrait)
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