What Did Shakespeare Really Look Like?

Greetings, folks!  Just finished up a new Bookworm History episode over on the YouTube channel!  This one’s all about the various portraits and pictures thought to depict the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon, William Shakespeare and whether any of them accurately illustrate what he looked like.  Check it out!

Do you think any of these images actually depict Shakespeare?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

6 thoughts on “What Did Shakespeare Really Look Like?

    1. Hi Jean-Pierre! Thanks for the great question! Thinking back to when I made this video, I believe that the reason I didn’t include the Sanders portrait was that the works I used to put the episode together were written before much of the scientific testing was done on the portrait. By provenance alone I wouldn’t have felt the portrait worth including, but considering the battery of tests that have been performed on it recently it would be. Were I to do that video today I would certainly include it.


      1. Jean-Pierre Doucet

        Many thanks for your rapid answer. Time will show that the Sanders painting is the authentic Shakespeare portrait done during his lifetime. For that matter in addition to all the scientific testing our study has shown a very close link between the famous Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare and the Sanders painting.


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