The Boydell Gallery of paintings from Shakespeare must have been an amazing site in fashionable London in the early 19th century. The publisher, John Boydell, commissioned some of the leading artists of the day to paint scenes from Shakespeare and to display the paintings at the publishers Shakespeare Gallery in Pall Mall. The Gallery published large prints after the paintings in a portfolio that reached 72 prints. The printing plates were bought in the middle of the 19th century by Shearjashub Spooner, a New Yorker, who reworked the plates and issued a two volume portfolio which included descriptions and excerpts from the scenes pictured.
The plate size is 22 ½ by 16 ½ inches. The sheet size is 29 ¼ by 23 inches. The print is after the painting, by Francis Rigaud and engraved by Thomas Ryder, depicting the victory of Henry IV over Hotspur at the Battle near Shrewsbury.
Condition: Within the plate are a few light foxing spots and small areas of toning. On the margins of the sheet is some heavier toning and near the left edge some soiling. There are a couple of minor creases, but no tears.