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Shakespeare in character

To celebrate the 400th anniversary Shakespeare's death here are a selection of our portraits of actors and actresses in character in Shakespearean plays.

Prints from the National Portrait Gallery collection are available to buy from as little as £6.00. To order, select your image and then on the next page click on the 'Buy a print of this image' link beneath it. You can choose unframed prints, starting from £6, and framed prints, starting from £25. Sizes available: 15 x 10 cm on satin paper, A4, A3 and A2 prints on art etch and satin paper and A3 images on A2 canvas. International shipping available.

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Edmund Kean as Gloster [Gloucester] in Richard III
by and published by J. Prynn
circa 1814-1833
NPG D3452

Scene from Macbeth - Banquo's Ghost
by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
published 3 December 1838
NPG D41496

Charlotte Saunders Cushman; Susan Cushman as Romeo and Juliet
by Thomas Fairland, published by Thomas McLean, after Margaret Gillies
NPG D34485

David Garrick as Richard III
by E.J. Portbury, after William Hogarth
mid 19th century (1741)
NPG D8363

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