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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 66

    English School, 18th Century

    Portrait of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), bust-length, in a black coat and white collar, in a feigned oval

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    English School, 18th Century
    Portrait of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), bust-length, in a black coat and white collar, in a feigned oval
    oil on canvas
    22½ x 17¾ in. (57.2 x 45.1 cm.)


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    After the 'Chandos' portrait, named after James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos (1673-1744), who owned the portrait, now in the National Portrait Gallery, London. It has been claimed that the portrait was painted by the actor and Shakespeare's friend, Richard Burbage (1567-1619), although George Vertue states that it was painted by John Taylor, a member of the Painter-Stainer's company, and that before the Duke of Chandos acquired it, the portrait was owned by Shakespeare's godson, William Davenant (1606-1668).

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    Provenance

    The Earls of Guilford, and by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE (LOTS 46-68)