#Shakespeare: he knew not the #selfie…a scoop worthy of prying myself away from the #Hollywoodnovel I #amwriting

Shakespeare Portrait: photo by Peter Macdiarmid-Getty Images

Shakespeare Portrait: photo by Peter Macdiarmid-Getty Images

A small monochrome engraving of a handsome laurel-wreathed man on the title page of a 16th-century book about plants is the only demonstrably authentic portrait of William Shakespeare made in his lifetime, it has been claimed.

The suggestion is, by any measurement, a sensational one. It was made by the botanist and historian Mark Griffiths, who first came up with the theory five years ago and has secretly been trying to disprove it ever since.

The scoop belongs to Country Life magazine, to which Griffiths is a regular contributor. Mark Hedges, the magazine’s editor, said it was “the literary discovery of the century”.

via Shakespeare: writer claims discovery of only portrait made during his lifetime | Culture | The Guardian.

3 comments

  1. And do you know what flower he is holding? It’s a snake’s head frittilaria. I know, because I have one in my garden. And now, I love it even more than ever, because Shakespeare is a GOD. Great post!

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