The Earl of Warwick's Vow Previous to the Battle of Towton

Henry Tresham, 1751 - 1814

The Earl of Warwick's Vow Previous to the Battle of Towton

Henry Tresham 1751 - 1814


A dramatic portrait of Richard Neville pictured making a vow previous to the Battle of Towton in 1461. He wears a sash round his waist, a billowing cape about his shoulders and an armored helmet, a sword raised in his right arm towards a cowering white horse at his feet, on the right, held down by another soldier. On the left, a group of soldiers and other figures look on.

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Grand Tour and Grand Style The Influence of Travel Improvements in European travel during the 1700s had a wide-ranging impact on British culture. A particularly significant influence was the Grand Tour, which became almost obligatory for young gentlemen. Grand Tourists were led across Europe by tutors to study art, history and politics for two or three years. The Grand Tour focused on Italy, particularly Rome, and often incorporated new archaeological sites such as those at Herculaneum and Pompei, near Naples. Ancient antiquities were heavily trafficked across Europe and continental works of art flooded into Britain. A period of especially active collecting took place between the end of the Seven Years War in 1763 and the rise of Napoleon in the 1790s. As more artists and designers also visited the continent their work became increasingly informed by travel. The serious themes of classical antiquity and European art led to a new departure in painting called the Grand Style. This championed classical, historical or literary subjects, and inspired radical changes in portraiture and landscape. Widespread interest in Greek and Roman remains also fostered fresh interpretations of ancient designs by pioneers of decorative art such as Josiah Wedgwood.

Object Name

The Earl of Warwick's Vow Previous to the Battle of Towton

Creators Name

Henry Tresham

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Canvas: 44cm x 35.8cm

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Oil paint on canvas

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[BG] Manchester Art Gallery - Balcony Gallery
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