This YouTube video from the Channel 4 News on the Cobbe Shakespeare portrait does what I’ve been doing in my mind’s eye since its discovery: it lets the Droeshout engraving mutate into the Cobbe painting. It also contains interviews with Stanley Wells and with Alex Cobbe in his ancestral home, which is also the home of the portrait of the Earl of Southampton. The video concludes by saying that Shakespeare scholars are “famously quarrelsome” and there will be a debate.
The blogosphere is preparing for the debate already: the Heresy Corner does not believe the portrait is authentic, nor does Charlotte Higgins who writes a blog in the culture section of The Guardian. Meanwhile, this blog welcomes a host of visitors who googled the words “Principum amicitias” and hit upon my first post on the portrait.