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The Duke of Gloucester Lying in Wait for Lady Anne at the Funeral Procession of Her Father-in-law, King Henry VI (recto); Standing Male Nude, Leaning Forward (verso)

A work made of pen and brown ink, and brush and brown and gray wash, over graphite (recto), and graphite (verso), on tan laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, and brush and brown and gray wash, over graphite (recto), and graphite (verso), on tan laid paper.

Date:

1760/67

Artist:

Henry Fuseli
Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825

About this artwork

In this scene from Shakespeare’s play Richard III, the villainous Duke of Gloucester skulks behind a pier as the funeral procession for King Henry VI—accompanied by the king’s daughter-in-law, Lady Anne—passes in the background. Her arm raised, Anne curses the Duke, who has murdered both King Henry and her husband. In the next moment, Gloucester will join the procession and brazenly attempt to persuade her to marry him.
Fuseli’s enshadowed duke—a study in evil—is closed and compressed, his arms tautly crossed, while the brilliantly lit Anne—a study in courage—is open and expansive, her arms extended in dramatic oratory.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henry Fuseli

Title

The Duke of Gloucester Lying in Wait for Lady Anne at the Funeral Procession of Her Father-in-law, King Henry VI (recto); Standing Male Nude, Leaning Forward (verso)

Place

England (Artist's nationality)

Date

1750–1767

Medium

Pen and brown ink, and brush and brown and gray wash, over graphite (recto), and graphite (verso), on tan laid paper

Dimensions

63.8 × 87.9 cm (25 1/8 × 34 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1980.1090

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