Art and Sculpture

Banqueting House is home to some important works of art and sculpture

Banqueting House is home to some important works of art and sculpture

When

  • Open daily

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Paintings of Charles I

One of the highlights of the art collection at Banqueting House, besides of course the magnificent ceiling paintings by Rubens, is the painting of King Charles I (1600-1649) by Daniel Mytens (1590-1647). Part of the Government Art Collection, it hangs above the grand staircase leading into the Banqueting Hall. Charles I wears splendid blue stockings.

The painting is hung very close to the site of the former window, through which the unfortunate king stepped onto a scaffold and was beheaded.

A second painting of Charles I hangs on the wall half way up the main staircase. It is from the school of Sir Anthony Van Dyck and is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

The bronze bust of James I

A bronze bust of James I is positioned above the door into the Banqueting Hall. James looks very regal, and is depicted wearing his crown. The bust was commissioned by Charles I to celebrate his father, and was made by the sculptor Hubert Le Sueur in 1639. When Charles sat on his throne, he could see this bust facing him across the room. Le Sueur also made the statue of Charles I on horseback, which is on Whitehall near Trafalgar Square.

'I go from a corruptible to an incorruptible Crown, where no disturbance can be.'

Charles I's famous last words

Still from the feature film The Favourite
Highlights Things to see

See costumes from The Favourite, the critically-acclaimed film starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne on display at Kensington Palace.

Until 08 March 2019 (closed 08-14 February)

Kensington Palace

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Still from The Favourite showing Emma Stone as Abigail Masham in white Tudor kitchens, wearing a denim maid's outfit. Staff cook on the historic cooking equipment in the background
Highlights Things to see

See costumes created for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and other cast members of The Favourite on display in the Cartoon Gallery.

Daily until 10 March 2018

Hampton Court Palace

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The ceiling of the Great Watching Chamber showing gold decoration and Tudor symbols.
Things to see

Discover Henry VIII’s State Apartments and the battle for power at the Tudor court in the Great Watching Chamber.

Closed until 22 March 2019

Hampton Court Palace

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