Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and the Lady Anne Artist: Edwin Austin Abbey (American, 1852–1911, M.A. (Hon.) 1897)


American Paintings and Sculpture

On view, 2nd floor, American Art before 1900

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.


Oil on canvas


52 5/8 × 104 3/8 in. (133.7 × 265.1 cm)

Credit Line

Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Collection

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19th century


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Edwin Austin Abbey Estate, 1911–1937; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1937
  • American Art: Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2023), 25, 164–65, no. 72, 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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histories (visual works), human figures (visual works), literature (general genre)


Signed lower left "E.A. Abbey/1896"

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