University acquires 19th Century painting of King Richard III

Posted by pt91 at Feb 26, 2013 05:05 PM |
Painting depicts the last plantagenet king on the eve of his final battle at Bosworth
University acquires 19th Century painting of King Richard III

John Fulleylove, Richard III outside the Old Blue Boar Inn, Leicester signed and dated (probably) 1880 oil on canvas 97 x 90cms.

The University has purchased a 19th Century painting of King Richard III on horseback outside the Blue Boar Inn in Leicester on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth.

The signed and dated 1880 oil on canvas, 97 x 90 cms, was auctioned  at Gildings in Market Harborough at 10.30am today, 26 February 2013  (Lot number 352). The painting, by John Fulleylove, exceeded the £3,000 bid expectation and sold for £7,300.

The painting depicts King Richard  astride a white horse resplendent with his coat of arms, arm held aloft wielding his sword. In the background is the magnificent Blue Boar Inn and the street is thronged with well wishers.

John Fulleylove was an English landscape artist and illustrator, born in Leicester in 1845. Originally training as an architect for local firm “Shenton and Baker”, he eventually became an artist in watercolour and oils. His work was exhibited widely in England from 1871, at prestigious London venues such as the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Fine Art Society, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, as well as in many other regional towns and cities. He died at the age of fifty, on 22 May 1908.

After riding from Nottingham, Richard stayed at the Blue Boar on the night of 20 August 1485, reputedly in his own bed which he had brought with him. The next morning he rode out of the town, spending the night of 21 August under canvas before meeting his destiny the following day at Bosworth Field.

The painting will be put on public display. Details will be announced in due course.

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