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Baron Carlo Marochetti (1805-67)

Richard I, Coeur de Lion 1853

RCIN 44114

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This may have been intended by Queen Victoria as a memento of the Crystal Palace, where Marochetti’s large-scale statue dominated the entrance. Prince Albert later supported the campaign to have the work cast in bronze for Westminster, declaring to xenophobic opponents: ‘it is the work not the artist [that] enlists sympathy’.

Purchased by Queen Victoria and presented to Prince Albert on his birthday, 26 August 1853

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