Discovering Shakespeare book
Discovering Shakespeare book by Stephen Tunnicliffe
About the cover picture of book Discovering Shakespeare
The original oil painting is in the possession of the writer Mr Clifford Bax. It purports to be a portrait of Shakespeare by the Flemish painter Frans Hals (1584-1666). After reading Mr Bax's account of it, I asked to see the picture of Shakespeare in his flat in the Albany. Afterwards he was able to provide me with this photograph of Shakespeare. Painted in white on the back of the picture is the following inscription, in 18th century Italian:
This portrait represents the great English poet William Shakespeare
and was painted by the great Flemish painter Francesco Hals. It was brought
to Rome by the Earl of Nithsdale, William Maxwell, and given by him to
the monastery of Saint Gregory on Monte Celio in Rome. Lord William Maxwell,
because of his partisanship of the House of Stuart, was imprisoned in
the Tower of London  and sentenced to death by execution. Escaping,
however, from the prison in the costume of a woman, he came with his wife
to Rome, where he set up house, lived in peace and died  ever loyal
to his Stuart Prince.
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