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Jane Shore: "Give gentle mistress Shore one gentle kiss the more (Shakespeare, Richard III, Act 3, scene 1)

Intended to portray Edward IV's mistress Jane Shore, this print appeared in "Shakespeare Illustrated by an Assemblage of Portraits and Views Appropriated to the Whole Suite of our Author's Historical Dramas," published by Edward and Silveser Harding between 1789 and 1793. The image derives from paintings at Eaton College and Kings College, Cambridge now thought to represent Diane de Poitiers, a lover of the French king Henry II. Lines from "Richard III" link the image to Shakespeare, and those familar with English history will likely recall that Richard's many cruelties included forcing his deceased brother's mistress to walk barefoot through London in penance for adultery.

Credit: Harris Bris...

February 1, 1790
Stipple engraving and etching, printed in brown ink; third state of four
18.7 x 10.6cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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