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Sculpture - Richard II

Richard II

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Stow-on-the-Wold (made)

  • Date:

    1964 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gibson, Angela (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Modelled terracotta

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This terracotta statuette represents Richard II (1367-1399) holding the crown which he was forced to give up to his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, who became Henry IV. The white hart emblem that Richard adopted is shown on a chain around his neck. Richard succeeded to the throne when he was ten years old, on the death of his grandfather Edward III. Richard's fathe, known as the Black Prince, had died a year before Edward. William Shakespeare wrote his play Richard II around 1595 and this statuette may have been based on an actor who played the part of Richard in the early 1960s.

The statuette belonged to the actor Robert Eddison, whose collection contained a wealth of theatrical items including ceramic figurines of actors and actresses. Since Eddison himself did not play the role of Richard, the figure is not based on him. Like all statuette of this type, it would have been modelled in wet clay, built up on a metal frame or armature.

Physical description

Terracotta statuette of Richard II looking down at the crown which he is holding in front of him with both hands. He is wearing a simple floor-length robe belted at the waist, and a chain from which is suspended the white hart emblem he adopted.

Place of Origin

Stow-on-the-Wold (made)


1964 (made)


Gibson, Angela (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Modelled terracotta


Height: 33.0 cm, Depth: 13.0 cm approximately, Width: 13.0 cm of base, its widest point

Descriptive line

Statuette of Richard II holding the crown. Terracotta by Angela Gibson, 1964




Modelling (forming)


Figures & Decorative ceramics


Theatre and Performance Collection

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