Previously unseen portrait of Richard III goes on display at Hever Castle for the first time

The painting of the monarch – which has been in a private collection for many years and has never been publicly displayed before – has been unveiled in the Castle’s Long Gallery by one of the world’s leading experts on Tudor history, Dr David Starkey

Richard III, English School, Late 16th century ©Hever Castle & Gardens


Hever Castle has one of the finest collections of Tudor portraits in the country, thanks to owners the Guthrie family who have built the collection since taking over running the Castle in 1983. This portrait of Richard III will take its place as part of a permanent display of eighteen original portraits, which chronologically depict the dynastic saga of one of the most fascinating eras in English History – from the Wars of the Roses to the Reformation.

Dr David Starkey says “Richard III was the principal missing link in Hever’s remarkable collection of historic portraits. I am delighted that the gap has now been filled by this intriguing picture.”

Hever Castle Chief Executive Duncan Leslie says “I am delighted that we have been able to purchase this painting and further enhance the historical experience we offer here at Hever Castle. It is an important addition to better tell the story of the Tudors, or rather how they came about.

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