Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 19)

The Martin Droeshout engraving of William Shakespeare which appears in the First Folio was based on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, according to computer artist Lillian Schwartz. Schwartz used computers to compare the 1623 First Folio portrait with other images of “Shakespeare” and other Elizabethan figures. The Droeshout image matched a 1588 portrait of Elizabeth done by George Gower. The eyes, cheeks and nose match and the distance between the eyes is the same. [1]

Said Schwartz: “With this, it’s so perfect that there’s no doubt.” [1]

If you closely look at the Droeshout engraving, which (hopefully) you can see at the top of today’s blog entry, you will see what looks like a line of a mask. This appears on the right (“Shakespeare”‘s left) in the engraving. You may also notice beard stubble around the chin. (Others see even more oddities in the Droeshout engraving, but I cannot definitely see them. The beard stubble seems to have been done to add a masculine characteristic to the original Elizabeth prototype.)

Lillian Schwartz, who unearthed Queen Elizabeth behind the mask, has had her work shown in major art collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Georges Pompidou Center, and the Grand Palais in Paris. She has received many awards including an Emmy, Emmy Nominations, and an Academy Award. [2]

“In the search for the identity of the only portrait associated with Shakespeare’s writings, Schwartz analyzed the well known engraving by Martin Droeshout in the First Folio edition. She concluded that the portrait was based on the face of Queen Elizabeth I.” [2]

Schwartz offers an 8-minute video showing how she saw behind the “Shakespeare” mask. If you scroll down about three-fourths of the page, you can view the video at this link:

So what does it mean that Queen Elizabeth is the face behind the mask? Is it she who wrote the “Shakespeare” plays? In Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 11) it was noted how Queen Elizabeth had  written a commentary upon Plato. Might she have written much more?

However I believe the face behind the mask indicates that Queen Elizabeth had sponsored the “Shakespeare” works, rather than actually having written them.

Anthony Bacon, elder brother of Francis Bacon, worked as an “intelligencer” for the queen. For years Anthony was stationed on the European continent. From there he sent back coded reports to the queen. Francis Bacon as well dabbled in the “intelligencer” operations. At the age of 15, Francis traveled to the court of France as a Special Envoy and had a secret mission entrusted to him. (It is still not known exactly what this secret mission was.) [3]

Anthony Bacon was later re-assigned by the queen to England. There, he and other “intelligencers” uncovered a conspiracy to poison Queen Elizabeth. Directly implicated was a Portuguese physician, Dr. Rodrigo Lopez. Pulling the strings on the Lopez Conspiracy was King Philip of Spain. Francis Bacon, via his elder brother Anthony, became somewhat of an expert on poisoning techniques. In Hamlet, the poison-in-the-ear story is thought to be based upon the 1538 murder of Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino. [3]

Anthony Bacon, through his spies, had kept a sharp look-out. Dr. Rodrigo Lopez, physician-in-chief to Queen Elizabeth, was arrested on January 1, 1594. He was eventually executed, hanged, drawn, and quartered before a jeering London mob. [4]

Anthony Bacon and his “intelligencers” were headquartered at Essex House. This building was located on the site of what had once been the headquarters of the Knights Templar in England. [4]

The queen intersected with her “intelligencers” as well as with a “philosophical fraternity” which included Sir Walter Raleigh. At the philosophical gatherings, the “To Bacco” (“To Bacon”) toast could be heard. (Background: Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 18), Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of March 8, 2014.)

The “philosophical fraternity” at the former Knights Templar headquarters was established by Francis Bacon as a “fraternity in learning and illumination.” This group included poets, philosophers, scientists, artists and others. One project was to strengthen and improve the English language. [3]

Behind the mask, secret sponsor of all this was Queen Elizabeth I. She supported a Kulturkampf (culture struggle). Recall from Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 5) how the cult of “Stratford Willy” coincided with a rise in British imperialism.

This is not to say the plays themselves aren’t quite good. Francis Bacon and his team of “good pens” were not just a bunch of hack writers. As Mark Rylance aptly says in his Foreword to The Shakespeare Enigma (by Peter Dawkins), “It is a crude and common mistake that those interested in the authorship question are not interested in the plays.”

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Shakespeare image may not be his”, Eugene Register-Guard, March 30, 1992
[2] “Lillian Schwartz: The Humanization of Technology”,
[3] The Shakespeare Enigma, by Peter Dawkins. London: Polair Publishing, 2004.
[4] “Dr. Lopez Plot”,


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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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