Mid 16th Century
King Richard III

Oil on oak panel
Image size: 22 1/2 x 17 5/8 inches
Hand made frame

Corridor portrait

This is a version of the standard portrait type of Richard III, the earliest known version of which is in the Royal Collection and is dated to 1504-1520 and recorded in the 1542 and 1547 inventories of Henry VIII’s collection. It is possible that the type derives from a lost life portrait; it was commonly used in portrait sets of English kings and queens from the 1580s.