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King Richard II as described by William Shakespeare. Drawing after J.H. Mortimer.

  • Mortimer, John Hamilton, 1740-1779.
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Richard II wears a crown in which a small figure of Death is seated, representing lines spoken by Richard II in Shakespeare's play Richard II (Act 3, scene 2) "For within the hollow crown / That rounds the mortal temples of a king / Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits, / Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp …"

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1 drawing : pencil.

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Creator/production credits

After an etching by John Hamilton Mortimer of the same composition

References note

John Sunderland, John Hamilton Mortimer: his life and works, Walpole Society, 1986, 96.2 (the etching).

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Wellcome Library no. 35881i


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