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Portrait of an Unknown Man and Woman

Photo credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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A mid-seventeenth-century portrait painting, the painting shows a man with long hair, wearing a high-necked white shirt and black gown. His arm is around a young fair-haired woman wearing a dark green dress and red shawl, she wears pearls at her ears and neck.

The sitters are unknown but it has been speculated that they may be related to Shakespeare. Perhaps the painting shows Susanna Shakespeare and her husband John Hall, or Shakespeare's granddaughter Elizabeth with her husband Thomas Nash? It could well be a marriage portrait or a 'presentation' portrait that shows off a young girl to potential suitors.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


  • Date

    17th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    117 x 94 cm

  • Accession number

    SBT 1993-31/335

  • Acquisition method

    purchased, c.1926


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Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW England

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