Battle of Wills

Director Anne Henderson’s documentary Battle of Wills (click here to see a clip) is a historical mystery about the legitimacy of a portrait (the first one shown below) that its owners claim to be the only picture of William Shakespeare painted during his lifetime.

Go here to read more about the Sanders Portrait shown below. The second is the Chandos portrait discussed in Bob’s interview with Anne Henderson. It hangs at the National Gallery in London and is believed by scholars to be the only true portrait of Shakespeare.  The third portrait has also been believed, by some, to be an accurate portrait of the writer. The Cobbe portrait was discovered in 2009.

 

Sanders portrait