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Shakespeare Connected - Imagining New Place

4. Forging New Place

This imagining of New Place is by nineteenth-century historian, John Jordan. It is important because of its claimed connection to the Elizabethan building surveyor, Ralph Treswell. Treswell sketched many buildings during Shakespeare's lifetime, but Jordan's drawing is most likely forged as we have no trace of the Treswell original. Jordan’s drawing attempts to combine imaginings of Shakespeare’s New Place with the later eighteenth-century house. This shows the uncertainty surrounding what Shakespeare’s family home actually looked like.

New Place `copy'd from one drawn by Treswell, a land surveyor in 1599'
By John Jordan, Drawing, pen and ink
From the Saunders Papers, 1800-30


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