Oil on canvas
Richard III : Richard III
height (frame): 106.5cm
width (frame): 76.5cm
depth (frame): 7cm
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (61)
1975 Brighton, Art gallery and Museum, "Gothick" (J13)
1981 Buxton, Museum and Art Gallery, "Thirty Different Likenesses: David Garrick in Portrait and in Performance" (5.2)
2003, September - December, Holburne Museum, Bath, 'Every Look Speaks: Portraits of David Garrick'
15 Jan 2016-6 Sept 2016, Shakespeare in ten Acts, British Library
Original: Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council oil on canvas 243.8x152.4, exh: 1771 R.A. (54); Engr: John Dixon pub. J Boydell 28 April 1772, mezzotint 62.2x39.7. There are many copies after Dance's original picture, including those in the Folger Library; Hurst House, Carmarthenshire; Royal National Theatre, London (Somerset Maugham Collection); and the collections of several private owners. The figure was also moulded into perpetuity by the potters of Derby and Staffordshire. For details of the various versions see BD, 6:98-99, Nos. 206 & 214, and William l. Pressly "A Catalogue of Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library" (Yale U.P. 1993) No.107; 2003 Bath, Holbourne Museum "Every Look Speaks: Portraits of David Garrick"
Richard wears high brown boots with flaps at the front and gold spurs, brown knee-breeches, hose of red velvet under blue strips, a breastplate over doublet with upper sleeves of red velvet under vertical blue bands edged in gold, a broad red belt with three horizontal gold bands, and a long sleeveless red jacket edged in ermine and gold braid. An order is on his chest, and a George hangs from a blue ribbon around his neck. A battle is in progress to the left. Mathews cites the familiar line: "A horse, a Horse, my Kingdom for a horse!"
Morland's picture is the best of the copies of the large picture by Dance. The original hung in the drawing room of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn's house at 20, St James's Square in the late 18th century. Morland may have copied his picture from Dixon's mezzotint.