Experts found that one of the most recognizable1 portraits2 of William Shakespeare is not real. This means that we no longer have a good idea of what Shakespeare looked like.
“Its very possible that many pictures of Shakespeare are unreliable because many of them are copies of this one，” said an expert from Britains National Portrait Gallery. The discovery comes after four months of working.
Experts from the gallery say the picture， commonly known as the “Flower” portrait was actually painted in the 1800s， two centuries after Shakespeares death.
The art experts who work at the gallery say they used modern technology to check the paint on the picture. These checks found traces of paint deep in the picture dating from about 1814.
Shakespeare died in 1616， and the date that appears on the portrait is 1609. “We now think the portrait dates back to around 1818 to 1840. This was when there was a new interest in Shakespeares plays，” Tarnya Cooper， the gallerys 16th curator said.
The picture has often been used as a cover for collections of his plays. It is called the Flower portrait because one of its owners Desmond Flower， gave it to the Royal Shakes-
Two other images of Shakespeare are also being studied and the results will come out later. But for now what Shakespeare really looked like will still be a mystery.