Is this the Bard I see before me?

2019-03-02 10:11:00

By Rob Edwards SOME nifty detective work on a little-known bust from London strongly suggests that a 17th-century death mask really is that of William Shakespeare. Forensic imaging techniques have shown that the Davenant bust, which is housed in London’s Garrick Club, is the same person as in portraits of Shakespeare. The bust’s facial features, in turn, are “a perfect match” with the death mask (far right), which is owned by the German city of Darmstadt, says Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel from the University of Mainz, who led the research. Shakespeare died aged 52 in 1616,