Historical image of Richard III to be made available to the public

Posted by ap507 at Jan 13, 2014 11:25 AM |
Image depicting Richard III at the Blue Boar Inn on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth to be unveiled at University on Tuesday 21 January
Historical image of Richard III to be made available to the public

Blue Boar Inn painting

An historic image depicting King Richard III at the Blue Boar Inn on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth is to be made available to the public.

The painting will be unveiled, and a copy presented to Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, by Dr Frank May MBE on Tuesday 21 January at 4.30pm in the Council Chamber Ante-Room, Fielding Johnson Building.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Frank May and Sir Peter Soulsby at the unveiling.
Thanks to Dr May's generosity, the University acquired the 19th Century painting of King Richard III on horseback outside the Blue Boar Inn in Leicester.

The painting, by John Fulleylove, exceeded the £3,000 bid expectation and sold for £7,300 in February last year. The signed and dated 1880 oil on canvas, 97 x 90 cm, was auctioned at Gildings in Market Harborough.

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.

The Blue Boar Inn itself was constructed in the mid-15th century and was a large coaching inn, providing food, drink and accommodation for wealthy travellers.

  • Press Release
  • The Search for Richard III website
  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society. The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.