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Bust  - King Charles II
  • King Charles II
    Quellinus, Artus III, The Younger, born 1653 - died 1686
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King Charles II

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1685 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quellinus, Artus III, The Younger, born 1653 - died 1686 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bust is an exact reproduction of a figure in the Sir John Soane Museum, with a slight variation of the cloak at the base of the bust. Artus Quellinus made a full length statue of Charles II for the Royal Exchange which was completed in 1685.

Artus / Arnoldus Quellinus III (Arnold Quellin) was the son of Artus Quellinus II (1625-1700) and trained under his father in Antwerp. He arrived in London in 1682 and was an assistant to Grinling Gibbons. He specialised in marble sculpture, of which his monument to Thomas Thynne (ca. 1682) in Westminster Abbey is a notable example. He also executed figures of Henry VI and James II for the Royal Exchange.

Physical description

Bust in terracotta

Place of Origin

England (made)


1685 (made)


Quellinus, Artus III, The Younger, born 1653 - died 1686 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 20.5 cm

Object history note

According to Mr Winter, the Museum official who discovered the bust at Alfred Spero's premises, 134 New Bond Street, London, it was said to have belonged to the late brother of the vendor, almost certainly Maurice Spero, who has owned the bust for some time before it was passed to another dealer. It was later acquired by Alfred Spero, from whom the Museum purchased i in 1945 for £30.

Descriptive line

Bust, terracotta, Charles II, by Quellinus (Arnold Quellin), English, after 1685

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gibson, K, ''The Kingdom's Marble Chronicle': The Embellishement of the First and Second Buildings, 1600 to 1690'' in Saunders, A, (ed.) The Royal Exchange, London, 1997, p. 161, note. 142
Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V& A Publications, 2002. pp. 9-10. cat. no. 10.




Sculpture; Royalty; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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