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Henstridge artist creates Richard III painting for Society

By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

  • Andrew Stewart Jamieson in his studio at Henstridge

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HERALDIC artist Andrew Stewart Jamieson of Henstridge has played a part in this week’s dramatic news that a skeleton found under a Leicester car park is that of Richard III.

Mr Jamieson completed a commission from the Richard III Society to create a painting in time for Monday’s revelation to the world.

Society chairman Dr Phil Stone said the commission was placed at Christmas, before the bones were confirmed as those of the king.

He said: “We are all delighted with it.

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“We will probably use it for prints and cards and other items for commercial purposes - it has a lot of potential.”

Mr Jamieson, whose passion for heraldic art began when he was a student at Gillingham School, has done other work for the Richard II Society.

He told the Blackmore Vale Magazine that he wanted the image to be statuesque.

He said: “This was an interesting commission in view of the events that have unfolded and with that in mind I wanted to design a piece that had a dignity and stillness to it.

“I wanted people to see an image of a legitimate and popular King of England, a fact that is lost in the Tudor propaganda that arose following his death.

“This is a symbolic representation of the last English king to die in battle.

“The Richard III Society saw a figure I had painted for my son Richard and asked me if I could do something similar for them to use to promote Richard and the Society.

“I have had a fascination for this king since I was 16 when my association with the society began.”

Mr Jamieson’s Ricardian artwork includes a painting of Richard’s final charge into battle at Bosworth Field that was used for prints sold at the Battlefield Centre at Bosworth.

His work has also been displayed at a 500th anniversary dinner of the battle, and used on a commemorative plate in 1985 marking the anniversary.

The painting is gouache on board.

It depicts Richard as a warrior king in armour and holding a sceptre.

His horse, White Surrey, is caparisoned with a mantle bearing the king’s motto, Loaulte me lie, which means loyalty binds me.

The panel also includes the white boar that was the king’s personal badge and is used in the Society’s emblem, the royal arms of England ensigned with a royal crown in the late 15th century style, and a planta genista bush from which the Plantagenets took their name.

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