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King Richard III

(1452-1485), Reigned 1483-85

Sitter associated with 26 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' and since the discovery of his body we now know that he had scoliosis.

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King Richard III, by John Goldar - NPG D23819

King Richard III

by John Goldar
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D23819

King Richard III, probably by William Derby, after  Unknown artist - NPG D23064

King Richard III

probably by William Derby, after Unknown artist
pencil, pen and ink, July 1835 (late 15th century)
NPG D23064

'Statues in St Stephen's Hall and the Central Hall', New Palace of Westminster, published by Illustrated London News - NPG D47366

'Statues in St Stephen's Hall and the Central Hall', New Palace of Westminster

published by Illustrated London News
wood engraving, published 4 February 1854
NPG D47366

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King Edward IV and others

by Grignion
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23941

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

King Richard III

published by John Player & Sons, after Unknown artist
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1935
NPG D48128


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Leslie Croce

24 February 2018, 03:35

Regarding "He was famously depicted by Shakespeare as 'Crookback' but contemporary evidence of his physical appearance is not conclusive," you might want to mention that since the discovery of King Richard's body we know that he had scoliosis.

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