Autograph of Thomas Shadwell (ca. 1640-1692)

The signature of Thomas Shadwell appears here written next to the name of John Dryden at the end of the preface to one of his plays The kind keeper, or, Mr. Limberham (1680). Shadwell was poet laureate from 1688 to 1692, and also wrote dramatic works. Shadwell and Dryden had an uneasy relationship (Dryden penned his famous satire on Shadwell, MacFlecknoe, in 1676), so the juxtaposition of their names here is intriguing.

From a volume given by Thomas Gisborne.