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.”