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Shakespeare’s Portraits

February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


A Guildhall Library lecture by Principal Librarian Peter Ross

There are just two representations of Shakespeare that are unambiguously identified as him, both of which may be posthumous. And yet in the first 40 years of its existence the National Portrait Gallery was offered 60 portraits purporting to be of the Bard. So how can we really know what he looked like?

Peter Ross, Principal Librarian at Guildhall Library, reviews the evidence in the hunt for a true likeness of William Shakespeare.

Free, but registration required

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Organised by the Guildhall Library.

The Guildhall Library is a public reference library which specialises in the history of London. The Library’s printed books collection comprises over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and poll books. You are welcome to visit Guildhall Library and no appointment or membership is necessary.

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February 5
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Guildhall Library
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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