New evidence on the 'Sanders Portrait'

March 30 2011

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Staff at the University of Guelph in Canada have published new evidence they say reinforces the claim of the 'Sanders Portrait' to show Shakespeare. 

The evidence is in the form of what is thought to be a direct link between the present owner, Lloyd Sullivan, and either William or John Sanders, who at some point may have acted with Shakespeare. More here, and the detailed genealogy here. If you really think the portrait is of Shakespeare, you can buy it here.

I'm a firm believer in the c.1610 Chandos portrait - so I still have trouble believing that the much younger 'Sanders' sitter, of 1603, is the same man. I also don't see that the Sanders sitter is 39, as he would have to be if the portrait was Shakespeare.

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