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The monumental equestrian statue, called ‘Carolus Magnus’ (with flattering reference to the emperor Charlemagne), for which this is the statuette once owned by Charles I himself, was commissioned in 1630 by Sir Richard Weston (1577–1634/35), Lord Treasurer, and later Earl of Portland. Le Sueur was encouraged to ‘take the advice of the King's riders of great horses for the shape and action both of the horse and his Majesty's figure on the same’.
bronze on wood
H 17.5 x W 33 x D 28 cm