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King Edward III (1312-1377) Reigned 1327-1377

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage
    Edward III is dressed in a suit of armour. He rests his sword over his right shoulder and, as well as a large crown over his helmet, there are two smaller crowns on his sword. These represent England and France, alluding to his brief sovereignty over France. 

    The pose of Edward III in this portrait is similar to an engraved portrait of him made by the engraver and antiquary George Virtue (1684–1756) and published in 1732. This work was therefore probably made some time after the publication of Virtue’s image. 

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  • Details
    Title
    King Edward III (1312-1377) Reigned 1327-1377
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on panel
    Dimensions
    height: 54.50 cm, width: 42.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the British Museum, June 1946.
    Inscription
    tr: EDVARDUS III
    Provenance
    Collection of Baptist minister, numismatist and assistant librarian in the British Museum Dr Andrew Gifford (1700-1784); by whom presented to British Museum on 2 November 1758; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1946
    GAC number
    15