Costume design for the King in Richard II

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

Object detail

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
Play by William Shakespeare. Produced by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, His Majesty's Theatre, London, 1903.
Further information
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.


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