Bodleian painting at the centre of Shakespeare's identity search on CNN

1 July 2011

overbury_webversion_smallThe Bodleian portrait of Sir Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) which has recently provided evidence in search for Shakespeare’s identity during a much mediated debate has been shown on the CNN today. 

The painting closely resembles the ‘Cobbe’ portrait which was lauded as the only known portrait of William Shakespeare painted from life. The six-minute report tries to draw some conclusions two years after the two portraits sparked widespread debate among Shakespeare scholars and much comment in the media. 

Professor Duncan-Jones, a Shakespeare scholar and a Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford who at the time suggested that the ‘Cobbe’ portrait was in fact a portrait of Sir Thomas Overbury is interviewed.  

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