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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

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  • 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 co-incidentally 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

Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.

09 February - 10 February 2018

Banqueting House

Starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10:30 and 12:00

Photograph of visitors in the main hall of the Banqueting House

Join Siobhan Clarke to learn more about the war between King and Parliament and the execution of King Charles I

27 January 2018

Banqueting House

Two tours taking place at 10:30 and 12 noon in the Undercroft

View of the White Tower exterior

See the Line of Kings and the Chapel of St John the Evangelist after hours with a White Tower guide, at the Tower of London.

19 February and 12 March 2018

Tower of London

Doors open 18:15 for a 18:30 start.

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Inspired by the delft ceramic collection of Queen Mary, this fine bone china tea for one set is perfect for afternoon tea.

Queen Mary delft bone china tea for one

The design of this tea for one set is inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II, a keen collector of Chinese porcelain and Delftware.

£75.00

Exquisite tea light holders in fine bone china, inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II.

The Triumph of Delft tea light holder

Exquisite tea light holders in fine bone china, inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II.

£50.00