William Shakespeare, title page and portrait from the First Folio, 1623. As you can see, this image is missing the ornaments and classical motifs that were characteristic of author portraiture. Also unusual, the picture is placed on the title page itself, with Ben Jonson's poem (that includes the line "look not on his picture but his booke") taking its place on the facing page. Why does Shakespeare's portrait diverge so much from conventions of the time?
Richard Brome, from Five New Playes,1653. With its stark style and reference to the "Graver's strife," this page seems to deliberately echo the style of Shakespeare's portrait and Ben Jonson's verses about it in the First Folio.