King Richard III

1 portrait on display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery

King Richard III, by Unknown artist, late 16th century (late 15th century) - NPG 148 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Richard III

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century (late 15th century)
25 1/8 in. x 18 1/2 in. (638 mm x 470 mm)
Given by James Thomson Gibson-Craig, 1862
Primary Collection
NPG 148


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  • King Richard III (1452-1485), Reigned 1483-5. Sitter associated with 24 portraits.

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This portrait, in which he appears to be placing a ring on the little finger of his right hand, has been seen by some as evidence of his cruel nature and by others as evidence of his humanity. Tree-ring dating has indicated that it dates from the late sixteenth century and it would have been created and displayed as part of a historical narrative of the Tudor dynasty. However, portraits of Richard were almost certainly made in his lifetime and this portrait uses the pattern from an original likeness.

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  • NPG D23064: King Richard III (based on same portrait)

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