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What Did Shakespeare Look Like As a Kid?

Believe it or not, we still don't know what Billy Shakespeare, the kid, looked like after all these years (or perhaps because of them). But using what are being called "sophisticated techniques," an artist with Britain's Metropolitan Police claims to have created an image of what Mr. Shakespeare might have looked like as a 14-year-old laddie.

Cathy Charsley, the artist, is apparently highly trained in "age progression," and drew from this training to create the image. Using various portraits of the adult Shakespeare and the police's EFIT (Electronic Facial Identification Software), Charsley was able to come up with the image of the young William Shakespeare.

"I have been trained in age progression, so I worked in reverse, deciding how the face would be different if aged 14, and what features were important," she said.

Apparently, the younger William was a dead-ringer for Daniel Radcliffe (who plays Harry Potter) with the fuzzy beginnings of a handlebar moustache

From The Sun and The Independent

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Tags: EFIT, Shakespeare, Weird



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