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Henry IV Part 1

Eric Fraser (1902-1983)



Pen and ink with bodycolour

5 x 6 inches

Radio Times, 5 May 1966, for broadcast on the Home Service Northern Ireland on Thursday 12 May 1966 at 8.30pm

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1870-2021', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2021-January 2022, No 165

The two parts of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV (1597-99) chart the development of Prince Henry, or Hal, the eldest son of King Henry IV, against the background of national events. Part one culminates in Hal killing in single combat Harry Percy, known as Hotspur, who has rebelled against the king. This is the episode that Eric Fraser has chosen to depict in order to illustrate the details in Radio Times of a programme of excerpts from Henry IV Part 1. It was aimed at GCE candidates and broadcast on the BBC’s Northern Ireland Home Service on 12 May 1966.

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