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HUBERT LE SUEUR (C. 1580-1658)

Charles I

mid-17th century

RCIN 33467

The sculptor Le Sueur came to London from France in 1625 in the retinue of Charles I’s bride, Henrietta Maria. He undertook many sculpture commissions for the King, including a number of portrait busts, such as this one, which derive from the armoured equestrian statue of Charles I completed in 1633 and now in Trafalgar Square. Charles I (r.1625-1649) formed a spectacular art collection, making purchases throughout Europe. Much of the collection was sold after his execution but some of these treasures were recovered at the Restoration.

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