Monday, October 31, 2005

Experts say Bard portrait may not be him
LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Weeks after claims emerged William Shakespeare may have been a phony, comes a new charge that the most famous portrait of the Bard isn't really him.

The famous Grafton Portrait painted in 1588 is the most iconic image of Shakespeare, Britain's Sky News reported.
National Portrait Gallery experts now say there is doubt the anonymous painting really is of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare was 24 and the father of twins when the portrait was painted and was unlikely to have been able to afford the high fashion clothing seen in the portrait, the gallery reported.

A book released earlier this month claims Shakespeare's plays were actually written by Elizabethan diplomat Henry Neville.

"The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare" says Neville merely used Shakespeare as a "front man."

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