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King Richard III. Act IV, Scene III

James Heath (British, 1757–1834) After a painting by James Northcote (British, 1746–1831) Published by John & Josiah Boydell, Shakspeare Gallery, Pall-Mall & No. 90 Cheapside, London (active 18th century) Written by William Shakespeare (British, 1564–1616)
Subjects taken from Shakespeare's play Richard III satisfied the public's taste for blood and gore. The murder of two young princes - ordered by Richard III himself to ensure his claim to the throne - was most often depicted in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art. The artist James Northcote claimed that his painting inspired John Boydell to initiate the Shakespeare Gallery project, because the work hung on the wall during the dinner party at which the scheme was concocted.

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