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

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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

Detail of The Queen's Drawing Room at Hampton Court Palace with Queen Anne in the centre surrounded by personified virtues.
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Until 05 April 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 11:45, 13:15 and 14:45 (15:15 from 29 Mar - 05 Apr) in Clock Court. Duration 40 minutes.

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A green, white and yellow floral display in a period panelled room
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29-31 March 2019

Hampton Court Palace

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Costumed guide tour by Henry VIII in Base Court
Tours and talks

Take an introductory tour with one of our costumed guides through the courtyards of Hampton Court Palace.

Until 05 April 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 11:00 (and 14:00 from 29 Mar - 05 Apr) in Base Court. Duration 30 minutes.

Included in palace admission (members go free)