2 of 105 portraits of William Shakespeare
after Gerard Johnson
coloured plaster cast, 1846, based on a work of circa 1620
32 in. x 27 in. (813 mm x 686 mm)
Given by Mrs Charles James Wylie in memory of her husband, 1900
Sitterback to top
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Dramatist and poet. Sitter associated with 105 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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 monuments and memorials increasingly included portraits around this time.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 558
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 284
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1620back to top
Current affairsThe beginning of a severe economic depression in England is widely blamed on the East India Company whose export of bullion on each voyage financed their trade. Additionally, despite efforts by Lionel Cranfield, Earl of Middlesex, to reduce the royal household's expenditure, James I's debt is historically high.
Art and scienceFrancis Bacon publishes his major philosophical work Novum Organum, which presents his account of the correct method of acquiring natural knowledge using inductive reasoning.
Inventor and mechanical engineer, Cornelis Drebbel builds an early type of submarine which he demonstrates on the Thames.
InternationalThe Catholic League's invasion of Bohemia and victory at the battle of the White Mountain, forces Frederick V, king of Bohemia and his family into exile in the Hague, after less than a year reigning.
The Pilgrim Fathers sail for America in the 'Mayflower', escaping religious persecution in England.
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