A new Shakespeare portrait?

In case you missed all the recent hoopla about the possibility that a painting of an unknown 17th century nobleman could be a likeness of William Shakespeare, check out Shakespeare Found (iTunes), an interview with Professor Stanley Wells, Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Wells explains why he believes that this portrait, owned by the Cobbe family, is a portrait of the Bard himself, painted during his lifetime. But I’m not convinced — especially by Wells’ assertion that the Cobbe portrait, as it is now known, was the original for the famous engraved portrait of Shakespeare that appears in the first folio.

Here are the two portrait side-by-side. Do you think they are of the same man?

Image credit #1: Wikipedia.  Public domain.
Image credit #2:Wikipedia. Public domain.

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The Cobbe Portrait. Image credit #1*

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The 1623 First Folio with a portrait of Shakespeare. Image credit #2*

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