Photo credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
This portrait at various times is said to have been of Thomas and Elizabeth Nash (Shakespeare's granddaughter) or John and Susanna Hall (Shakespeare's daughter) or his daughter. However, there is no evidence to confirm this. Any suggestions as to who the sitters could be would be welcome as well as any information that would lend evidence to the identifications mentioned above or refute them.
This discussion has now been closed. No conclusion was reached. If any contributors have new information about this painting, we encourage them to propose a new discussion by following the Art Detective link on the Your Paintings page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/portrait-of-an-an-unknown-man-and-woman-54175
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What evidence is there currently for the identifications? Any provenance? Documentation?
An early catalogue record suggests that the sitters are 'John Hall and his wife or daughter'. There is no evidence for the identication as Elizabeth and Thomas Nash and we're not sure when this identification was made or who by. Our current catalogue has no other information.
Thank you - we are aware of this blog since it was produced internally.
No problem, thought it might help other users.
I see - thank you for posting the link.
This has been a very interesting discussion but without additional documentary evidence the identity of the sitters must remain tentative. It is a very common problem. Many portraits acquire a traditional identification but these are notoriously unreliable. Time to declare this discussion closed, at least for the time being.