Richard I, Coeur de Lion, by Baron Marochetti

Richard I, Coeur de Lion

Baron Marochetti

1851 (side panel reliefs, 1866)

Bronze, on a granite plinth

Old Palace Yard, outside the House of Lords

Westminster, London W1

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  • This twelfth-century crusading king had a special meaning for the Victorians, largely because of his romanticised portrayal” by Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe (see Ward-Jackson 185). He seemed to represent Britain's heroic past, and all that was best in the British character — zeal, energy and courage.

    Marochetti was first commissioned to make a plaster cast of him for the Great Exhibition, where the huge, dramatic sculpture was installed at the western entrance to greet visitors. [Continued below]

    Photograph, caption, and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2010

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