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William Blake, Richard III and The Ghosts


The British Museum, London

Date: c. 1806
Technique: Pen and black ink, and grey wash, with watercolour, 306 x 190 mm

Pen and black ink, and grey wash, with watercolour on paper Shakespeare’s Richard III is assailed by the ghosts of the many victims of his plotting and violence. To the left, the ghost of Henry VI leads one group of spectres; to the right Lady Anne, the dead wife of Richard, leads another. The spirits of the two murdered princes, the sons of Edward IV, are shown between the legs of King Richard.

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