York. Second part of Henry IV, Act V, Scene 4th.See ruthless queen a hapless father's tears / This cloth thou dip'd'st in blood of my sweet boy, And I with tears do wash the blood away.
Publshed 15th March, 1776 by J.Mortimer, Norfolk Street, Strand. [Watermarked J. Whatman, so c.1821.]
Etching. 400 x 330mm, 15¾ x 13". Margins soiled. Repaired tear on right.
Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, mourns the death of his son Edmund, Earl of Rutland, executed after the Battle of Wakefield, in 1460, aged seventeen. The scene is actually from the play 'Henry VI, Part 3, scene iv'. From "Twelve Characters from Shakespeare", here as re-issued by Thomas Palser after Mortimer's death.
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