The Equestrian Statue of Charles I

... is by the French sculptor Hubert Le Sueur. It was commissioned by Charles's Lord High Treasurer Richard Weston, probably in 1633, for the garden of his country house in Roehampton, Surrey. Following the English Civil War it was sold to a metalsmith to be broken down, but he hid it until the Restoration. It was installed in its current location, on the former site of the original and most elaborate of the Eleanor Crosses, in 1675. The cross, which was erected in the year 1291, had been destroyed in 1647 on the orders of Parliament.

© Haydn Thompson 2018