She sent the Swedish artist Egron Sellif Lundgren to the theatre to record scenes from the play. As well as completing several theatrical commissions, Lundgren was engaged a year later to produce a watercolour recording Princess Victoria's wedding.
These works represent different facets of the same scene: on the left, Bolingbroke returns to the city and is greeted by a crowd; the corresponding image on the right shows Richard's less triumphant return to the city. Lundgren's crowded scenes capture the atmosphere of this ambitious theatrical spectacle; appearing side by side, the watercolours present a contrast between a celebratory crowd and a hostile one.
The commissions demonstrate the royal family's close engagement with Shakespearean theatre and their desire to keep mementoes of family theatregoing.