Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)
Charles I (1600–1649)

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The king is shown in half-armour. This highly influential equestrian statue, the first of its kind in England, was originally commissioned in 1630 by Charles I's Lord Treasurer Sir Richard Weston for his house Mortlake Park, Roehampton. The statue was originally cast in 1633 by Hubert Le Sueur, with the carved pedestal by Joshua Marshall added when the statue was erected in its current position on the site of an Eleanor Cross in 1674–1675. Charles is represented riding bareheaded and wearing armour. His left hand holds the reins, his right rests on a baton, supported on the pommel of his saddle. Suspended on the king’s chest is the order of St George. The pedestal is tall and narrow, basically rectangular in plan, but with convexly curved panels breaking forward at front and back.


Charles I (1600–1649)


1630–1633 & 1674–1675




H 280 x W 236 x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 450 x W 300 x D 168 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by Sir Richard Weston, 1630

Work type



English Heritage

Work status


Listing status

Grade I (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

1st August 1904

Listing date



at all times

Signature/marks description

on plate supporting the right front hoof of horse: huber / le sueur / fecit / 1633


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