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Saturday 27 April 2024

John Hamilton Mortimer, “Richard II”, 1775

John Hamilton Mortimer (1740–1779)

“Richard II”, 1775, from the series, “Twelve Characters from Shakespeare” (1775–76), published by the artist in London in 1775.

Etching on laid paper, trimmed around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (oval sheet trimmed at the image borderline) 34.4 x 28.3 cm.

Sunderland 96.2 (John Sunderland 1986, “John Hamilton Mortimer, His Life and Works”, The Walpole Society, vol. 52, cat. no. 96.2).

See also the description of this print offered by the British Museum: (

The Metropolitan Museum of Art describes this point and provides the lines of text from Shakespeare’s “Richard II”, Act 3, Scene 2, that have been trimmed from this impression:

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression trimmed around the image borderline (with loss of the text beyond this borderline), backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There is a dark mark at the top of the sheet, otherwise the sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds or significant stains.

I am selling this exceptionally rare etching for AU$460 in total (currently US $300.61/EUR 280.98/GBP 240.60 at the time of posting this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries. Note that payment is in Australian dollars as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this large and famous masterpiece showing the skeletal figure of Death wearing a feather crown about to dispatch the vain and arrogant Richard II with a VERY long pin, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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