Watercolor and ink on paper
21 3/4 x 14 1/2in (55.2 x 36.8cm)
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Play by William Shakespeare. Produced by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, His Majesty's Theatre, London, 1903.
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.
W. Graham Robertson (British, b.1866, d.1948)