King Richard II

1 portrait

King Richard II, by Unknown artist, late 16th century - NPG 4980(8) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Richard II

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
22 3/4 in. x 17 5/8 in. (578 mm x 449 mm) uneven
Purchased, 1974
Primary Collection
NPG 4980(8)


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  • King Richard II (1367-1400), Reigned 1377-99. Sitter associated with 32 portraits.

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This portrait of Richard II is based on a full-length painting of the king at Westminster Abbey that is thought to have been painted in the 1390s while Richard was still alive. It resembles other images of Richard including his tomb effigy which he commissioned to be a 'counterfeit' of him. It is likely, therefore, that this portrait of Richard is one of the first true likenesses of an English king.

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  • NPG 565: King Richard II (based on same portrait)

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