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Artist: Edwin Austin Abbey, American, 1852–1911, M.A.(Hon.) 1897
Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and the Lady Anne
Oil on canvas
133.7 x 265.1 cm (52 5/8 x 104 3/ 8 in.), framed 160 x 292.1 x 10.8 cm (63 x 115 x 4 1/4 in.)
Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Collection
In this scene from William Shakespeare’s Richard III, the villainous, humpbacked Richard, Duke of Gloucester, brazenly attempts to woo the Lady Anne, the widow of a man he has recently stabbed to death, as she walks in the funeral procession of her father-in-law, King Henry VI, another of Richard’s victims. Richard pleads his case and offers her a ring, asserting that he killed the two men in order to get near her. Anne reacts with fury to his words, but like a fly caught in a net, she soon succumbs to his flattery, and the artful duke becomes her husband and England’s next king.
Artists on Art: Observations by Yale Faculty on Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1999), 3031, ill.
Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 109, fig. 104.
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