Famous portrait 'not Shakespeare'





A portrait widely thought to be William Shakespeare is not the playwright, the National Portrait Gallery has revealed. The Grafton Portrait has been used on the covers of many books on the Bard. But nine months of research and restoration work have failed to reveal any evidence to support the view that it is a portrait of Shakespeare. The gallery said it dates back to 1588 when Shakespeare was 24, but at that stage he was unlikely to have been able to afford the style of dress seen.



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