LUNA: Folger Digital Image Collection
Digital Image File Name:
Source Call Number:
Unknown artist after the Chandos portrait. Shakespeare signboard. Oil on panel, late 1600s to early 1700s
from a 4x5 color transparency
Source Created or Published:
Late seventeenth or early eighteenth century
Digital Image Type:
HAMNET CATALOG RECORD:
Shakespeare signboard [graphic]
Date of Creation or Publ. (Hamnet):
Late seventeenth or early eighteenth century.
Physical Description (Hamnet):
1 painting on mahogany panel, oval : oil ; 94.2 x 79.3 cm.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Portraits.
Portrait paintings. gmgpc
Gift, Mary Hyde (later Lady Eccles), Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, N.J., October 1975.
Condition reviewed on the back one can see traces where two braces, roughly 23 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches, were placed horizontally across the top and bottom of the panel, each secured by 8 nails. Two large iron eyes for hooks are still affixed to each side of the panel slightly above its center. Around the circumference, which is 1 inch thick, are 44 nail holes. In some cases, the nails are still there, and it would appear they held a rim that was part of a metal support. MOdern accretions are staples and a screw with wire a little over 4 inches from the top
Mary Hyde, "Shakespeare's Head," Shakespeare Quarterly 16 (1965), pp. 139-43; S. Schoenbaum, "Artists' Images of Shakespeare," in Werner Habicht, D. J. Palmer, and Roger Pringle, eds., Images of Shakespeare: Proceedings of the Third Congress of the International Shakespeare Association, 1986, Newark, Del., 1988, pp. 19-23; Gary Taylor, Reinventing Shakespeare, New York, 1989, fig. 7.
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Title from Pressly.
Exhibited: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, "Shakespeare's Four Hundreth Anniversary Exhibition," 1964,; San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, and six other cities in traveling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, "Shakespeare: The Globe and the World," 1979-1982, repr. in color p. 86; 'As imagination bodies forth...' [paintings] Oct. 28, 1993-Feb. 28, 1994.
Provenance: Discovered in 1962 by the book dealer Jacques Vellekoop of E. P. Goldschmidt, London; came to America in the spring of that year.
Pressly, W.L. Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library, 157