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Creator:
George Vertue, 1684–1756, British
after unknown artist
Title:
William Shakespeare
Date:
1719
Medium:
Engraving on medium, slightly textured, cream, laid paper, mounted on, moderately thick, slightly textured, cream, wove paper
Dimensions:
Mount: 24 × 17 1/4 inches (61 × 43.8 cm), Sheet: 14 1/4 × 9 9/16 inches (36.2 × 24.3 cm), and Image: 13 1/2 × 8 7/8 inches (34.3 × 22.5 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered, lower left: "Geo. Vertue Londini"; lettered, lower center: "Shakespeare! such Thoughts inimitable shine. | Drest in they Words, thy Fancy seems Divine. | Tis Natures Mirrour where she views each Grace. | And all the various Features of her Face."; lettered, lower left: "Done from the Original now in the Possession of Robert Keck of the Inner Temple Esqr."; lettered, lower right: "Sold by G. Vertue in Brownlow Street Drury lane."; lettered, lower right: "Sculplsit 1719"; lettered, upper center: "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Ob An Dom 1616 | Aetat 53"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.15065
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:31822
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