Friday, 3 June 2016
Is This William Shakespeare?
My very good friend Steve Wadlow has created an excellent website around the painting in his family's possession. Regular readers of this blog will know that I have been working with Steve for over two-and-a-half years now, examining this remarkable portrait.
It is, as far as I'm concerned, a particularly good, near-contemporary portrait of William Shakespeare. For more information, please visit Steve's Is This William Shakespeare? website.
One of the pages of the website - entitled "TECHNICAL" - shows some images created by Lumiere Technologie in Paris. Of those, one clearly shows the "touching up" which had been done, at a later date, to cover up the visible damage to the left eye socket.
Another image, which is presented in the same animated graphic, shows a clear line running down the left cheek of the portrait from the outside of the left eye.
These lines are a feature of Shakespeare portraiture. If you can find an image of the Shakespeare portrait which now hangs in the old schoolroom at King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford-upon-Avon (where Shakespeare is presumed to have gone to school), you'll see a very similar line to that made visible on the Wadlow portrait by the technological wizardry of Lumiere.
One day, when the ultra-conservative mafia is no longer in a position to dictate what is known, and what is not allowed to be known, about Shakespeare, the Wadlow portrait will be recognised for what it is - the face of Shakespeare.
And maybe - just maybe - that time isn't so far away.
Do check out Steve's website. It really is very good indeed.