Costume designs for Bolingbroke and Earl of Berkeley in Richard II

Maker and role
Artist: W. Graham Robertson, British, 1866-1948
ca. 1903

Watercolor and ink on paper
21 3/4 x 14 1/2in (55.2 x 36.8cm)
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Accession number
Theatre production information
Play by William Shakespeare. Produced by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, His Majesty's Theatre, London, 1903.
Further information
Bolingbroke, with the support of Berkeley and other nobles hostile to King Richard II of England, usurped the throne, becoming Henry IV. Bolingbroke and Berkeley wear chain mail and the recently introduced steel plate armor, covered by cloaks with dagged (scalloped) edges. The crowned eagle on Bolingbroke's helmet became one of his royal emblems as Henry IV. The "cross patté" on Berkeley's red and white cloak was part of his family's coat of arms.


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