The Cobbe Shakespeare-Portrait-Ponzi Scheme

Folks, it appears that Mark Anderson, author of SHAKESPEARE BY ANOTHER NAME, is taking the lead in showing that the latest “discovery” of a Shakespeare portrait is not — NOT — the real thing.  (It can’t be, since the man Shakspere of Stratford wasn’t the Bard in the first place.)  The thing that’s got me going is that the man who made this once-in-a-lifetime discovery, Alec Cobbe, is the very same fellow who, in 2002, made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery of an alleged early portrait of Henry Wriothesley Third Earl of Southampton.

Now, two of these discoveries in one lifetime is just one too many.  This stinks!  But it’s great for those of us who are in the anti-Stratfordian camp, because when it finally crashes and burns, the desperation of the traditional, orthodox folks — Stanley Wells, at the front of the line — will be further exposed.

(By the way, this time they’re making Shakspere an aristocrat!  In a few years, god wot, he’ll be an earl!)

So take a look over at Mark’s blogsite and watch him go after this fraud and pin it to the wall for all to see:

Mark Anderson’s Blog

Happy hunting, Mark!

And cheers from Hank

Published in: Uncategorized on March 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Hank,

    I guess they’re throwing their former Everyman genius, who don’t need no education nohow, into the fire in order to keep the rest of the myth intact. Now he’s a proper gent, not yet ready for aristocratic prime time.

    Best wishes,


    • Yes, Bill, but he’s getting there — almost ready! You will notice that neither Ben Jonson nor Richard Burbage is wearing that upscale collar, nor is Southampton wearing it while a “base commoner” in the Tower. It seems these Stratfordian folks feel entirely free to make it all up as they go. If they like, I could donate my 1944 edition of Collier’s works of Shakespeare with his “Life” in Volume One that includes a wonderful letter written by Southampton, mentioning his friend “Shakespeare” — a complete forgery, but, nonetheless….

      Thanks and all best,

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