Recently I came across a Victorian piece of art by Ford Madox Brown which is supposed to depict Elizabeth Woodville first appearing before Edward IV with her two small children. It’s rather odd piece and not particularly flattering–I am guessing that the artist was not a Woodville fan? Here, a rather plain-looking Liz W. has a simpering, slightly smug expression and is rolling her eyes upwards (perhaps batting her eyelashes at Edward.)
It is, shall we say, not a good look.
Even more perplexing is the fact, she seems to have THREE children rather than two–and the one crammed in the middle is a rather sinister, saturnine boy with a widow’s peak, who resembles a young Dracula, or Eddie Munster from the Munsters TV series!
I am not surprised that this painting is not more well-known!