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Statue - Louis XIII on Horseback

Louis XIII on Horseback

  • Object:

    Statue

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1615 - ca. 1620 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Sueur, Hubert (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh

  • Museum number:

    A.47-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case FS

This statue is by Hubert Le Sueur, made in ca. 1615 - 1620 in Paris.

Louis XIII of France was born in 1601 and reigned from 1610 to 1643. By reference to medallic images, this portrait appears to show him aged between about 15 and 20. The horse and rider are related in from and style to the equestrian statue of King Charles I by Le Sueur (1633), now in Trafalgar Square, and to a small bronze statuette of Louis XIII on horseback in the Museum (A.1-1994), inscribed LE SVEVER on the girth. This type of walking horse is derived from Giambologna's monument to Cosimo I (Piazza della Signoria, Florence) which was reflected in Pietro Tacca's equestrian monument to Henri IV of France, formerly on the Pont Neuf, Paris, but destroyed during the French Revolution.

Le Sueur was an established sculptor, recognised for his exceptional bronze-casting skills by the King, before being sent to London where he stayed until the Civil War forced his return to France. His skill and precision in portraying armour may reflect the influence of his father who was a master armourer in Paris.

Physical description

The horse is represented with the right front and left rear hooves raised. In the saddle sits the figure of Louis XIII, represented as a young man, bare-headed and in full armour, with a baton in his right hand.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1615 - ca. 1620 (made)

Artist/maker

Le Sueur, Hubert (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 82 cm, Height: 945 mm, Width: 785 mm, Depth: 320 mm

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1951

Historical significance: Louis XIII of France was born in 1601 and reigned from 1610 to 1643. By reference to medallic images, this portrait appears to show him aged between about 15 and 20. The horse and rider are related in from and style to the equestrian statue of King Charles I by Le Sueur (1633), now in Trafalgar Square, and to a small bronze statuette of Louis XIII on horseback in the Museum (A.1-1994), inscribed LE SVEVER on the girth. This type of walking horse is derived from Giambologna's monument to Cosimo I (Piazza della Signoria, Florence) which was reflected in Pietro Tacca's equestrian monument to Henri IV of France, formerly on the Pont Neuf, Paris, but destroyed during the French Revolution.

Descriptive line

Statue, bronze, Louis XIII on Horseback, by Hubert Le Sueur, French (Paris), ca. 1615-1620

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

Avery, Charles. 'Hubert le Sueur's Portraits of Charles I in Bronze, at Stourhead, Ickworth and Elsewhere. (National Trust Studies, 1979, pp. 128-47), reprinted in: Studies in European Sculpture, I, London, 1981, p. 201, fig. 18 and p. 202
Evelyn, Peta. 'Hubert le Sueur's equestrian bronzes at the Victoria & Albert Museum. In: The Burlington Magazine, (Feb. 1995), Vol. CXXXVII, No. 1103, p. 85-92
Evelyn, Peta, 'The Equestrian Bronzes of Hubert Le Sueur', in Giambologna tra Firenze e l'Europa, Atti del convegno internazionale, Florence, Instituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell'Arte, 2000, pp.85-92

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Horse

Categories

Royalty; Bronze; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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