A portrait of Shakespeare has been unveiled in London a couple of days ago. It is the only portrait painted while Shakespeare was still alive. It dates from 1610 when Shakespeare was 46. The painting has been in possession of the Cobbe family, who is related to the great granddaughter of Shakespeare patron, Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, for centuries. Only in 2006 a member of the family made a connection between their portrait and Shakespeare when he saw the Folger painting of Shakespeare at a travelling exhibition in London. Until then the family thought it was a portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh.
From 23rd of April (Shakespeare’s birthday) the portrait will be displayed at an exhibition in Stratford-upon-Avon.