Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


New portrait of William Shakespeare revealed

Posted on

The U.K.’s Country Life magazine has the world exclusive on “the true face of Shakespeare”—”the first and only known demonstrably authentic portrait … made in his lifetime.” Previously known portraits of The Bard, Country Life notes, were made after his death. This new portrait shows Shakespeare with a man named Lord Burghley, who the magazine calls “the most powerful man in the land.”

Country Life speaks with botanist and historian Mark Griffiths, who “cracked a many-layered Tudor code” and found this portrait of Shakespeare as a young man, on the title page of a 16th-century book about plants called The Herball by John Gerard.

Head to Country Life to see the portrait and learn more about its discovery.