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Three Films on Shakespeare and London

In association with the London Metropolitan Archives, CASP is pleased to make available three short films curated and made by the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) as part of its 2013 exhibit, “Shakespeare and London” (see Shakespeare and London Programme).

Sincere thanks to London Metropolitan Archives Archivist David Baldwin for making these informative films available to CASP in conjunction with the CASP-organized conference, “Look here upon this picture:” A Symposium on the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare (November 28, 2013).

We also thank Principal Archivist, Laurence Ward and Imaging and Media Officer, Richard Green for the instrumental roles they played in the filming, editing, and narration of these films, the first to document in any detail Shakespeare’s presence in London.

The three films address:

1. Shakespeare in the City (of London)

From memorials to street names, statues to tower blocks, William Shakespeare is present in London in ways that very few people achieve. This film explores his on-going presence in the landscape of the city.

2. The Shakespeare Deed

Providing more information on the deed and property William Shakespeare purchased, this short film shows close up views of the document and signature, images and maps of the Blackfriars area as well as present day views of the location.

3. Theatres in Shakespeare’s London

Starting with the playhouses that Shakespeare would have known and worked in, this film looks at the development of London’s theatres with a particular focus on theatres and companies developed to showcase his plays.

These detail Shakespeare’s general presence in London and include a focus on the remarkable deed held by the LMA that relates to the 1613 purchase by William Shakespeare of a property in Blackfriars, close to the Blackfriars Theatre and just across the river from the Globe Theatre. They also lay out in detail the specifics of where Shakespeare lived during his time in London and the ex of his involvement with different theatres in different locations across the city.

Copyright of these films is held by the London Metropolitan Archives and they are not to be copied, disseminated, or distributed without the express permission of the London Metropolitan Archives. CASP gratefully acknowledges the LMA’s permission to reproduce the films in this context as an adjunct to the symposium on the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare.

The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is a public research office in central London which stores records about every aspect of life in the capital dating back to 1067. Holding over 100km of records, the archives are free and open to everyone. You can find out more by visiting the LMA website at––or by following the LMA  on Twitter (
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Shakespeare and London Films

Look Here Upon this Picture: A Symposium on the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare

“Look here upon this picture:”

A Symposium on the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare

sanders_1After many years of persistent effort the University of Guelph is delighted to announce “Look here upon this picture:” An International Symposium on the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare, to be held on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON).

The symposium will be the premier event for anyone who loves Shakespeare and realizes the enormity of his contribution to the cultural life of this planet. The University of Guelph has played a key role in the analysis of the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare and is now prepared to share an insider’s view of how this research plays a significant role in the world’s understanding of the impact of the Bard.

The symposium will:

  • make the results of the most recent research on the Portrait public, in an open forum where informed debate can occur with some of the world’s leading experts on the portrait
  • rectify the deplorable lack of attention that has been paid to a singular image of Shakespeare that has substantial amounts of evidence associated with it – evidence that no other so-called “contender” portrait has
  • demonstrate the University of Guelph’s longstanding commitment to bridging the gap between academic research and public interest, in an attempt to move the portrait from private ownership into the public domain.

Following the unveiling of the portrait and a presentation of the scientific documentation proving that the portrait dates back to the early 1600s, three panels of experts will address the curatorial and media response to the findings, the provenance and contextual arguments for its authenticity, and the market value of this unique treasure.

Owned by a Canadian, it is in the best public interest to move this portrait from private ownership into the public domain where ongoing research and debate can continue and where Canadians can access this wonderful image in a properly curated setting.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided, co-sponsored by Oxford University Press (Canada). The event will also mark the launch of the new Oxford University Press series Shakespeare Made in Canada, whose General Editor is Daniel Fischlin, a University Research Chair in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. The series features the Sanders Portrait prominently as part of its cover design.

For more background on the conference see the recent Globe & Mail article by James Adams: Reputed Shakespeare portrait prepares to strut upon the world stage.

See also, “Experts to Debate, Discuss Canadian Portrait of Shakespeare.”

For more information on Shakespeare’s presence in London click here to view three films made by the London Metropolitan Archives for their 2013 exhibit  “Shakespeare and London.”

Due to  limited space and exceptional demand to attend the “Look here upon this picture”: A Symposium on the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare is by invitation only. To inquire about the availability of seating please contact: Click on the link below to access a .pdf of the full conference program.

Shakespeare Program PDF: Look Here Upon This Picture: A Symposium on the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare 

Conference Schedule:

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Location: The Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs

Morning Sessions:

9:30 – Unveiling the Portrait / Facing the Truth
Opening Remarks by Dr. Alastair Summerlee (President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Guelph)
Introduction by Dr. Daniel Fischlin (University Research Chair, School of English and Theatre Studies)

9:45-10:05 – The Scientific Evidence: Reading the Wood, Paint, Paper, Glue
Dr. Marie-Claude Corbeil (Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute)

10:05-10:30 – The Internal Evidence: Fashioning Shakespeare
Jenny Tiramani (former Costume and Stage Designer Shakespeare’s Globe, The School of Historical Dress)

10:30-10:45 Q&A

10:45-11:00 – Refreshments

11:00-11:45 – Reception History and Media: The Portrait as Story Machine
Moderator: John Kissick (Independent Artist and Director of the School of Fine Art and Music)
Robert Enright (University Research Chair, School of Fine Art and Music); James Adams (Globe & Mail);
Anne Henderson (Director/Writer Arcady Films/InformAction Films)

11:45-12:00 Q&A

12:00-1:00 – Oxford University Press Luncheon hosted by Jen Rubio (Oxford University Press Acquisitions Editor)

Afternoon Sessions:

Moderator: Dr. Irena Makaryk (University of Ottawa)

1:00-1:45 – Provenance and Context: Tracing Histories of Interconnection
Dr. Daniel Fischlin and Dr. Andrew Bretz (University of Guelph)

1:45-2:30The Sanders Portrait as Painting: An Art Historical Perspective
Lloyd DeWitt (Curator of European Art, Art Gallery of Ontario [AGO])

2:30-3:00 – Refreshments

3:00-4:10 – What’s the Value of Priceless? Hard Dollars vs. Legacy Issues
Moderator: Dr. Lilly Koltun (Former Director General, Portrait Gallery of Canada)
Kathryn Minard (International Society of Appraisers); David Loch (founder and owner of Loch Galleries); Dr. Jane Freeman (University of Toronto)

4:10-4:30 Q&A

4:30 – Closing Remarks: What’s Next?
Dr. Alastair Summerlee

5:00 – Reception