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Arnold Quellin, sculptor

Statuette of King Charles II wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, terracotta

Museum number: MP211

Curatorial note

This is the model for a statue that was erected on the Royal Exchange in the City of London, commissioned in 1684 by The Grocers' Company. The finished statue, for which Quellin was paid £60 in December 1685, was destroyed by fire in 1838.

A terracotta bust by Quellin, in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Museum no. A.7-1945) is an exact reproduction of the head of this figure, with a slight variation of the cloak at the base of the bust. It seems likely to be another study for the project.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Soane bought this figure at the Richard Cosway Sale, May 1821, for £2.4s.


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