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.
Richard II's reign is known for its innovations in costume, and Robertson strove for historical authenticity. The King is fashionably, and expensively, dressed in a brocade robe (houppelande) with exaggeratedly high collage and long full sleeves. The black robe, with its silver-grey lining, is an elegant example of the "parti-coloured" garments popular at the English court.
W. Graham Robertson (British, b.1866, d.1948)