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King Richard III (1452-1485), Reigned 1483-5

Sitter associated with 24 portraits
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. When in 1483 Edward and his brother the Duke of York disappeared from the Tower of London it was rumoured that Richard had slain the boys.He was famously depicted by Shakespeare as 'Crookback' but contemporary evidence of his physical appearance is not conclusive.

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King Richard III

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century (late 15th century)
On display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 148

4980(12)

King Richard III

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 4980(12)

D23822

King Richard III

possibly by William Faithorne
line engraving, probably 17th century
NPG D23822

D23857

Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III

by Jodocus Hondius
line engraving, 1610
NPG D23857

D21257

King Richard III

by Jodocus Hondius, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1611
NPG D21257

D21255

King Richard III

probably by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1638 (1618)
NPG D21255

D23818

King Richard III

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, 1638
NPG D23818

D21256

King Richard III

sold by Sir Robert Peake, probably after William Faithorne
etching, early 1640s
NPG D21256

D22809

King Henry VII; King Richard III

probably by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake
line engraving, circa 1640
NPG D22809

D34138

King Edward IV; King Edward V; King Richard III

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1677
NPG D34138

D23821

King Richard III

by Hall
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23821

D34142

The Sovereigns of England, part 2

by John Carwitham, printed and published by Richard Caldwell, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1723-1741
NPG D34142

D23820

King Richard III

by Sébastien Pinssio, after J. Robert
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D23820

D23812

King Richard III

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1732
NPG D23812

D20033

King Richard III

by George Vertue
line engraving, engraved 1735
NPG D20033

D23813

King Richard III

probably by John Dixon
line engraving, 1757
NPG D23813

D23816

King Richard III

possibly by Charles Grignion, after George Vertue
etching, late 18th century
NPG D23816

D23817

King Richard III and Anne Neville, Queen of England

by Grignion, after George Vertue
etching, late 18th century
NPG D23817