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HENRY VII BEING CROWNED KING AFTER THE BATTLE OF BOSWORTH FIELD

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    Late 1750s - early 1760s (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moser, George Michael, born 1706 - died 1783 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and grey ink and brown wash on laid paper.

  • Museum number:

    E.636-1998

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case M, shelf 39, box I

Physical description

Circular design, within a square border, showing Henry VII being crowned by Lord Hanly, two armoured soldiers guarding. In the left background the body of Richard III, stripped naked, is being carried on a horse's back to Bosworth. In the right background are tents. A shield and weapons lie in the foreground and an armoured soldier searches in an opened chest.

The design is laid, next to a similar design by George Michael Moser E.637-1998, onto a nineteenth century backing sheet inscribed 'Moser'.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

Late 1750s - early 1760s (designed)

Artist/maker

Moser, George Michael, born 1706 - died 1783 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and grey ink and brown wash on laid paper.

Marks and inscriptions

'After the defeat of Rd: 3d at Bosworthfield by Henry Earl of Richmond; the Ld. Hanly finding among ye plunder of ye Usurper's Camp ye regalia, took ye Crown & fixed it on ye head of Earl of Rich= =mond, who was thereby proclaimed King of England by ye title of Henry ye 7th: Richard's dead Body Stript naked, was carried on a horse's bak [sic] to Bosworth.'
Unknown; English; Between the bottom of the circular design and the bottom edge of the piece of paper on which the design is drawn.; pen; ink

'After ye defeat of Rd: 3d at Bosworthfield by Henry Earl of Richmond; the Ld: Hanly finding among ye plunder of ye Marper's (sic) Camp of ye Rigalia (sic), took ye Crown & fixed it on ye head of Earl of Richmond, who was thereby proclaimed King of England by ye title of Henry ye 7th: Richard's dead Body Stript naked, was carried on a horse's bak (sic) to Bosworth.
English; At the bottom of the square border, beneath the circular design.; ink; Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm Height of piece of paper within which is the circular design, Width: 9.1 cm Width of piece of paper within which is the circular design., Diameter: 6.5 cm Circular design

Object history note

Bought at Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond St., London WIA 2AA, 8 April, 1998, lot 24.

Historical significance: This and E.637-1998 are the only examples in Moser's work (graphic or executed) of British historical scenes.

Historical context note

The subject of this design, Henry VII being crowned king after the Battle of Bosworth Field, concerns kingship suggesting that it was made in the late 1750s or early 1760s when the accession of George III (1760 - 1820) was inspiring great interest.

Descriptive line

Circular design, in pen and ink and wash on laid paper, for gold chasing or enamel painting by George Michael Moser, late 1750s or early 1760s.

Materials

Laid paper

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Tents; Body armour

Categories

HISTORICAL incidents; BATTLES

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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