14 to 16 November, 2002
The Sanders portrait, possibly of Shakespeare, will be exhibited at the University of Toronto Art Centre in conjunction with Picturing Shakespeare, the multi-disciplinary symposium sponsored by Records in Early English Drama, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the University of Toronto Art Centre. The scholars brought together for this symposium will address the question, "Does the Sanders Portrait depict William Shakespeare?" Lloyd Sullivan, the owner of the Sanders portrait, in an attempt to prove the painting was a creation of Shakespearean England brought the portrait to the Canadian Conservation Institute for scientific examination. The results of the tests carried out there on the 42 cm x 33 cm painted wood panel proved conclusively that the painting was created in England in the early 17th century and was not a modern fake. Whether the Sullivan family legend that John Sanders, an ancestor of the Sanders family, painted the only known likeness of William Shakespeare created during his lifetime will be vigorously examined by the scholars brought together at Picturing Shakespeare.