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Print made by Francis Legat, 1755–1809
after James Northcote, 1746–1831
King Richard the Third: Act IV, Scene III (The Murder of the Princes in the Tower)
Former Title(s):
King Richard the Third: Oh Thus... (Act IV, Scene 3)
Materials & Techniques:
Line engraving on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 22 5/8 × 16 1/2 inches (57.5 × 41.9 cm), Image: 19 5/8 × 14 5/8 inches (49.8 × 37.1 cm)

Lettered below image, lower left: "Painted by James Northcote"; lower center: SHAKSPEARE. | King Richard the Third, | ACT IV SCENE III. | Publifhed June 4th, 1790, by John & Josiah Boydell, at the Shakfpeare Gallery Pall Mall & at No. 90 Cheapfide."; lower right: "Engraved by Francis Legat"; lettered below image center left: "O thus, quoth Dighton, lay the gentle babes, - | Thus, thus, quoth Forreft, girdling one another | Within their alabaster innocent arms: | Their lips were four red roses on a stalk, | Which in their summer beauty kifs'd each other. | A book of prayers on their pillow lay;"; center right: "Which once, quoth Forreft, almost chang'd my mind: | But, O, the devil - there the villain ftopp'd; | When Dighton thus told on, we smothered | The most replenished sweet work of nature | That, from the prime creation, e'er she fram'd."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
armor | bedrooms | Bible | blanket | brothers | candle | children (people by age group) | cross (object) | literary theme | murder | rosary | sword
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
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IIIF Manifest:

Mark (Andrew Mark), Ledbury, James Northcote, history painting, and the Fables, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, pp. 64 et passim, fig. 57, NJ18.N79 L43 2014 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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