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“Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford”

“WOW!!! Great work, Paula! Ronald Emmerich, the Director of the Movie ‘Anonymous’, loved the portrait bust of Edward de Vere presented to him.
~ Ben August
Owner of the Verily Shakespeare Company
Location: The New Masters Gallery, Camel, California and in Private Collections, including Celebrated Movie Director, Ronald Emmerich, and Award Winning Actor, Sir Derek Jacobi
Size: Life Size
Year Completed: 2011

The Edward de Vere Bronze Bust is a highly detailed portrait of the 17th Earl of Oxford. The exquisite detail of the unique clothing of the Elizabethan time period was meticulously captured by Slater’s amazing talent for sculpting ornate works of art. This stunning three-dimensional bronze bust brings the two-dimensional Welbeck painting to life.

De Vere is considered by many to be the person who actually wrote all the plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare, but did so through another person–a commoner by the name of William Shakespeare who could not even write his own name. This secrecy by de Vere was done so, because in that time period (1550 to 1604) in England, it was not acceptable for an Earl to write plays, especially ones critical of the Royal Court. The movie, ‘Anonymous’ (2011) captures this story and depicts the relationship between these two men.

A photograph of the de Vere Bronze Bust was printed on the cover of a book about de Vere, and photographs of the bust were used on three private ‘Earl 17’ wine labels (2011, 2012, and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignons by Mount Veeder Winery).