Flight of Margaret of Anjou - Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis

Flight of Margaret of Anjou

Fuga de Margarida de Anjou

Francisco Vieira, o Portuense (1765–1805)


Oil on canvas

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This scene was painted in London and presented in 1798 at the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition. The episode chosen by the painter refers to David Hume’s History of England, and specifically a moment from the War of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York. A thief tries to rob Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England, when she was fleeing with her son to Scotland. This highly emotional moment is theatrically reinforced here by the heroine being placed at the mercy of the monumental, terrifying and untamed landscape.