Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Statue of Richard Coeur de Lion, Old Palace Yard, Westminster

Statue of Richard the Lionheart - photograph

STATUE OF RICHARD COEUR DE LION, OLD PALACE YARD, WESTMINSTER.

Contempt is often expressed for the outdoor statues of London; and, considered as a whole, they certainly compare unfavourably with those of other capitals. But high among the few that compel admiration must be placed Baron Marochetti's equestrian monument in bronze of Richard Coeur de Lion, which is here shown. It is, without exaggeration, as fine and spirited a piece of work as the gifted Italian sculptor ever did, and the model of it at the Great Exhibition of 1851 won for him European fame. On the pedestal, in has-relief, are scenes in the life of the great Crusader. The work was purchased by public subscription, and is very fortunate in its noble setting.