Martin Droeshout, Engraver to the Stars
Works by Martin Droeshout, engraver of William Shakespeare's famous portrait for the First Folio. There were actually two Martin Droeshouts: The Elder (1560s – c.1642) and his nephew The Younger (1601 – 1650). The pictures on this pinboard have been attributed to Martin the Younger, who is also credited with Shakespeare's portrait. Lovers of Shakespeare have expressed much frustration over the years at how crude and unlifelike this image is compared to these other portraits by the same artist.