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Artist It may be by a painter called John Taylor who was an important member of the Painter-Stainers' Company.
English: This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the ' Chandos portrait' after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856.
Date 1610
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 21 3/4 in. x 17 1/4 in. (552 mm x 438 mm)
Object history Given by Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, 1856, on display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, England, United Kingdom.
Notes Feigned oval.
Source/Photographer Official gallery link
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  1. a b c John Taylor ( 1610). NPG 1; William Shakespeare. National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved on 2008-02-07. ""

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