Happen to be visiting the majestic capital city of the United Kingdom? Also, are you in the mood for some static representations of glorified historical figures? Alright then, today we have just the thing for you – statues and statues! So grab your photo gear and your historical insights because today’s journey is going to introduce you to some interesting fellows. Well… not in person of course, but still (wink)! Here are the top four statues of London that should not be left out by any means!
1. Equestrian Statue of Charles I:
Charles I is one of the most renowned historical individuals that one could conjure up in a conversation and this assertion is strengthened by the presence of The Equestrian Statue of Charles I in London. Designed and fashioned by French master sculptor Hubert Le Sueur and dating back to the year of 1633, it is sitting proudly in Charing Cross (a place that you are not likely to leave out anyway – so, two birds, one stone). What’s interesting about it is that it faces the Banqueting House, the exact place where Charles I was executed, and that its position used to mark the centre of the city. Today, it is a popular Grade I structure listed in the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest and it entertains inquisitive visitors. Want to get a grasp of the whole story? Well visit the Banqueting House as well then!
2. Statue of George III, Somerset House:
Want to deepen your knowledge of deities and symbolism? Alright, take a look at the net contestant! Dedicated to the late King George III and to the god Neptune (also named Father Thames by the locals), the Statue of George III, Somerset House (known colloquially as George III and the River Thames) is one of the most spectacular outdoor sculptural groups in London. Also listed as a Grade I building within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, it, as suggested subtly by its name, is located in the quadrangle of the renowned Somerset House (another fine sight to bask in). Designed by another famous master sculptor, John Bacon, it was built between 1778 and 1789. What’s most fascinating is that Queen Charlotte used to consider this masterpiece outright intimidating. While we cannot recommend that you look at it in such a way, each personal mileage will vary.
3. Statue of Queen Anne:
If you happen to find yourself close to Queen Anne’s Gate in Westminster, London, be sure to check out a specific masterpiece standing like an ancient monolith on a pedestal: the Statue of Queen Anne. Another eye-popping monument to bask in if you are on interested in the people of the past, the statue is considered a vivid representation of the person in question. For this particular reason, it was only fitting that it should be listed as a Grade I building within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Queen Anne of Great Britain, thus, is portrayed with a small crown on her head and holding a sceptre and an orb in her hands. Probably built when Queen Anne’s Gate was built by the famous banker William Paterson (between 1704 and 1705), its artist is unknown to this very day. So, if you like mysteries, let this one intrigue you as well!
4. Statue of James II:
And we have finally arrived at one of the most recognisable statues of London: the Statue of James II. If you’re visiting London, you are bound to hit Trafalgar Square sooner or later (this fact is proven scientifically, believe us). When that inevitably occurs, you are going to encounter the aforementioned static piece of art and you are not going to be able to look away from. Why? Well, simply because it presents such sculptural mastery, that it cannot be superficially disregarded. Sitting in the front garden of the National Gallery (which is another fine reason to bask in its majesty), it was designed and built by one of the artists from the Workshop of Grinling Gibbons (it is unclear as to which one of them is actually responsible for it). As you may have guessed, this one was also designated a Grade I building within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest and it was unveiled at the Palace of Whitehall in 1686. The historical irony that it bears with it is that it was erected just two years before King James II was deposed. Oh, and yes, you can photograph the daylights out of it (triple wink)!
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the above-mentioned statues have you witnessed and what aftertaste have they left you with? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about it! Safe travels and be sure to check back from time to time!