excellent engravings ofMr. Vertue, Mr. Hall, and
Mr. Knight, the painting does not afford a veflige;
nor is there a sea'ture or circumslance on the whole
canvas, 'that can with minute pr-ecision be delineated.
--X"Ve must add, that on very vague and dubious
authority this head has hitherto been received as 3.
genuine portrait of our author, who probably lest
behind him no such memorial ofhis face. As he was
careless osthe future fiate of his works, his solicitude
might not have extended to the perpetuation of his
looks. Had any portrait ofhirn exisled, we may natu-
rally suppose it must have belonged to his family,
who (as Mark. Antony says ofa hair ofC2esar) would
U -z- have mention'-I it within their wills,
U Bequeathing it as a rich lcgacy
57 Unto their issue;" ' '
and were there ground for the report that Shakspeare
was the real father of Sir WVilliam D'Avenant, and
that the pifiure already spoken os was painted for
him, we might be tempted to observe with our
author, that the