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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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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

Vertical shot looking straight up at Rubens' Ceiling at Banqueting House Whitehall, London
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Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.

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Banqueting House

Exterior of Banqueting House with Whitehall in the foreground under a blue, partially cloudy sky
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Walk in the footsteps of the condemned King and stand on the spot of Charles I's execution, just outside Banqueting House.

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Banqueting House

Highlights Things to see

Experience James I's breathtaking Banqueting Hall, created in 1622 as a venue for extravagant Jacobean entertainments.

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Banqueting House

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