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So you’re one of the heirs to a wealthy English family and you notice that this picture (which you’ve erroneously believed to be Sir Walter Raleigh) your family has been hanging for the last 300 years has a striking resemblance to a later, yet much disputed painting of Shakespeare known as the Folger portrait. Luck you – you have the only painting of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime. Woo-hoo!

Well it now appears that the world may have its only known painted portrait of Shakespeare. How long before this painting ends up gracing the covers of a Shakespeare collection? I give it a year. Let’s check back and see shall we?

[from kottke.org]

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