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The Wright portrait of Shakespeare


The Wright portrait of Shakespeare; pastel on paper; 1688. Bears some resemblance to the Soest portrait (itself resembling the Chandos) but the face is turned towards the right.

  • Measurements

  • Width

    320 mm (frame)
    250 mm

  • Height

    420 mm (frame)
    355 mm

  • Marks & inscriptions

    inscription : : lower left : refers to a mezzotint engraving after the painting in Wright's collection but identity of engraver not given : Thomas Wright/1688/From a painting in/his collection, inscription : : lower right : illegible but transliterated on reverse of painting :, inscription : : lower middle : obscured by frame :, inscription : : reverse : transliteration of what is written on the front : Thomas Wright was contemporary with Sir Godfrey Kneller and an artist of no mean ability [xx] by [xxx] these portraits painted of the constitutional judges by whose [integrity?] and knowledge thay liberated from the [xxxx...] painting placed by the Corporation of London in their Guild Hall. Written in left hand corner 'Thomas Wright 1688 from a painting in his collection'. Written in middle at base of picture. There is a mezzotint engraving after this picture.,

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust