West Midlands artist Geoff Tristram has painted this amazingly life-like portrait of William Shakespeare to commemorate 400 years since the Bard’s death

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Stourbridge-based artist and novelist Geoff Tristram has been commissioned by Stratford-upon-Avon Council to create a brand new oil painting of Shakespeare to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Bard’s death.

The resulting portrait is a photo-realistic treat for Shakespeare fans. Taking elements of the First Folio’s Droeshout engraving and the Shakespeare effigy in Stratford’s Holy Trinity Church, it presents a version of Shakespeare in prosperous middle-age. Quill in hand, he looks reflective, wise and instantly recognisable.

“I wanted you to believe he was a real bloke,” Geoff says, “not an old, badly-drawn etching!”

Large prints of Geoff’s Shakespeare portrait will be available – signed and numbered in a limited edition of 400 – priced £195 plus postage & packing.

For further details, contact the artist via email: gt@geofftristram.co.uk