Sanders picture of William Shakespeare, Mr Sullivan the owner reveals he is related to Shakespeare.


‘-Reader, look not on his picture, but his booke.’

Another painting the so called "Sanders" portrait of William Shakespeare seems to have taken another step along the long road to authenticity.
A Mr Lloyd Sullivan a 76-year-old retired Bell Communications engineer from Ottawa revealed in 2001 that he was the inheritor of a portrait of Shakespeare that was, according to Mr Sullivan and his supporters, possibly the only authentic portrait of the Bard painted during his lifetime.

This was pooh poohed by experts on the English side of the pond, cynics might say they would do that, wouldn't they? Especially as the expert opinion comes from the National Portrait Gallery in London which gallery owns the "Chandos" painting, another contender for having the strongest claim to be the truest representation of the great man.

Well whatever, it seems that Mr Sullivan, who found his painting wrapped in cardboard and brown paper and stored in a cupboard in his home, has now discovered that he is related to William Shakespeare.

When Mr Sullivan originally declared that he had the only authentic lifetime portrait of Shakespeare, it was his understanding then that its alleged painter, one John Sanders, an ancestor 11 or 12 generations back, was “only” an associate, possibly a friend, of the Bard. No more. The dogged detective work of a British genealogist Pam Hinks from Worcester has put Sullivan “right in the middle of Shakespeare's relatives and friends,” as Sullivan himself put it recently.

Most experts already agree that the Sanders portrait dates back at least 400 years, and this latest discovery must add further weight to Mr Sullivan's argument. Watch this space..........

The GlobeandMail article >

I repeat what I have said earlier :

This latest episode teaches us that we will probably never really know what William Shakespeare looked like other than as the bald guy with a ruff collar in the original rather poorly drawn Droeshout engraving, or as the fat bald guy portrayed on his poorly sculpted funeral monument in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon. As far as I can see all the other pictures, the newly discovered Cobbe, and the Chandos picture in the National Portrait Gallery, are conjecture and wishful thinking.

But I will add to this that the Sanders painting has possibilities should the provenance be confirmed.

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