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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE After the Chandos Portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, London, which is attributed to Richard Burbage or John Taylor. In the catalogue of the National Portrait Gallery the following description is given :
" The Chandos Shakespeare was the property of John Taylor, the player, by whom or by Richard Burbage it was painted. The picture was left by the former in his will to Sir William Davenant. After his death it was bought by Betterton, the actor, upon whose decease Mr. Keck of the Temple purchased it for 40 guineas, from whom it was inherited by Mr. Nicoll of Michenden House, Southgate, Middlesex, whose only daughter married James, Marquess of Caemarvon, afterwards Duke of Chandos, father to Ann Eliza, Duchess of Buckingham."
The above is written on paper attached to the back of the canvas. Its authenticity, however, has been doubted in some quarters.
Purchased at the Stowe Sale, September 1848, by the Earl of Ellesmere, and presented by him to the nation, March 1856.
Dimensions: 22 in. by 161 in. This reproduction of the portrait was made from a miniature copy on ivory by Caroline King Phillips.