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King Richard III

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard III was the last King of England of the royal house of York. He was a staunch supporter of his elder brother Edward IV against the Lancastrians. However, after Edward's death he steadily assumed power during the minority of Edward V, and was crowned king in his place. He was killed at the battle of Bosworth Field by the army of Henry Tudor, later Henry VII. He was famously depicted by Shakespeare as 'Crookback' but contemporary evidence of his physical appearance is not conclusive.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

late 16th C

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 63.8 x W 47 cm

Accession number

148

Acquisition method

Given by James Thomson Gibson-Craig, 1862

Work type

Painting


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