This well-known portrait of Shakespeare is called the Droeshout engraving, named after the artist who made it – Martin Droeshout.
Some fun facts: The Droeshout engraving of William Shakespeare was commissioned by the powerful Pembroke family on behalf of the Burbages, Ben Jonson, John Hemminge and Henry Condell who commissioned the publishing of the First Folio (first official collection of Shakespeare’s works published just after his death). When James Burbage wrote to the Earl of Pembroke requesting their financial support for the work, he referred to Shakespeare as “the man they all knew, the former actor and businessman from Stratford…”
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