We celebrate the birth of Sir Francis Bacon with an astonishing discovery regarding the famous Shakespeare title portrait that was a copper engraving, a peculiar image created by Martin Droeshout but not drawn from the Life. Ben Jonson warned us in the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio
To The Reader.
This Figure, that thou here seest put,
It was for gentle Shakespeare Cut,
Wherein the Graver had a Strife
with Nature, to out-doo the life:
O, could he but have drawne his wit
As well in brasse, as he hath hit
His face; the Print would then surpasse
All, that was ever writ in brasse.
But, since he cannot, Reader, looke
Not on his Picture, but his Booke.
Baconian researcher and lecturer, Simon Miles, reveals the embedded identity that was used behind the Picture and why.
(special Thanks to Rob Fowler for layout & design)
The Prank of the Face : Unmasking the “Droeshout” Portrait of William Shakespeare