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Decisive Blow

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Yorkist horsemen strike the decisive blow at the Battle of Tewkesbury, 1471 - Print from a Wars of the Roses painting by Graham Turner Decisive Blow Ref: Gic-G323

Early on the 4th May 1471, before the battle of Tewkesbury began, Edward IV sent a group of 200 horsemen to a nearby wood 'in caace his sayd enemyes had layed any bushement (ambush) in that wood', instructing them that 'yf they saw none suche… to employ themselfe in the best wyse as they cowlde;'

This they most certainly did, charging into the flank of the Duke of Somerset's division as it reeled from its struggle with the Yorkist army's centre - '... cam and brake on, all at ones, upon the Duke of Somerset, and his vawarde, aside-hand, unadvised, whereof they, seinge the Kynge gave them ynoughe to doo afore them, were gretly dismaid and abashed, and so toke them to flight into the parke, and into the medowe that was nere, and into lanes, and dykes, where they best hopyd to escape the dangar; of whom, netheles, many were distressed, taken and slayne;' (from The Arrivall, Edward IV's official account of the events of 1471)

In Graham Turner's dramatic painting, the Yorkist horsemen fall on the Duke of Somerset's soldiers as they are pushed back through a hedge by King Edward's main army. Trying to warn them of the danger is Somerset's 30 year-old brother, Sir John Beaufort, Marquis of Dorset, who would be killed in the battle.

Gicle Print published from a gouache painting by Graham Turner.

Each print individually printed to order on very high quality heavyweight paper, and then signed on the border by the artist.

Sizes given are approximate and include a border.

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Available in two alternative sizes - select size required below -
22"x 17" overall size has an image size of 17.8"x 12.5" (454mm x 317mm)
17"x 12" overall size has an image size of 13.5"x 9.5" (345mm x 241mm)

Approximate overall print size
22"x 17" (56cm x 43cm) 79.00
17"x 12" (43cm x 30cm) 59.00

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Yorkist horsemen deliver the decisive blow at the Battle of Tewkesbury, 1471 - Detail from a painting by Graham Turner
Two cropped details from Graham Turner's painting 'Decisive Blow'.

Sir John Beaufort, Marquis of Dorset realises the danger - too late - trapped between King Edward's advancing army and the Yorkist horsemen's flank attack.
John Beaufort, Marquis of Dorset, at the Battle of Tewkesbury, 1471 - Detail from a painting by Graham Turner
Battle of Tewkesbury, Wars of the Roses - Medieval Art prints by Graham TurnerOther Graham Turner prints of the Battle of Tewkesbury....

Several other Graham Turner paintings of the Battle of Tewkesbury are available as prints - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Original Paintings

Graham Turner's original painting DECISIVE BLOW has sold, but for details of his available originals, in oil on canvas, gouache or pencil, CLICK HERE
Medieval paintings by Graham Turner

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