King Richard III: the origins of the "Paston" oil painting

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Did you know?

In 2009, the Society of Antiquaries Paston portrait of Richard III was cleaned and restored. The same year, John Ashdown-Hill commissioned an oil-on-canvas copy.

In 2011, John met the then Dean of Leicester Cathedral - Viv Faull - and presented his copy of the portrait to Leicester Cathedral.

In the course of all the Richard III publicity, following the 2012 dig and the recovery of Richard's remains, images of the portrait John commissioned and presented have been extensively used, in Leicester and in the media. But in spite of this, most people seem to be completely  ignorant regarding the origin of the painting - and of how it arrived at Leicester Cathedral!