"King Richard alone was killed fighting manfully in the thickest press of his enemies." - Polydore Vergil

“King Richard alone was killed fighting manfully in the thickest press of his enemies.” – Polydore Vergil

A Victorian painting by artist William Bass depicting King Richard III’s last stand at the Battle of Bosworth has gone on show at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. The painting has been given pride of place in the upper foyer of the art gallery and will be on loan to the museum for two years by the present owners.

Bass painted the picture in 1839. It is now in the collection of the Talbot family, a member of which married into the Bass family several generations ago. The painting is a dramatic depiction of Richard III’s charge at Henry Tudor’s army during the final moments of the Battle of Bosworth.

New Walk Museum curator of fine art, Simon Lake, said: “This thrilling painting re-imagines for a 19th century audience Richard fighting on horseback, with his crown falling in a terrifying press of bodies.

“The artist conveys the horror and confusion of battle, but also the courage of a king fighting for his kingdom and very survival. We’re delighted the Talbot family have very generously agreed to this loan.”


Owner John Talbot with William Bass’s painting of Richard III at Bosworth | Picture: Leicester Mercury


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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.