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NO 38578 47942
338578, 747942


Arnold Quellin, 1686; re-erected 1890 and restored 1988. Life size lead statue of Charles I in suit of armour. Re-erected on rusticated ashlar pedestal.

Statement of Special Interest

Property of Strathmore Estates (Holding) Ltd. An agreement was drawn up on 23rd December, 1685, between 'Patrick 1st Earl of Strathmore and 3rd Earl of Kinghorne, and Arnold Quellin, Carver' to provide four lead statues of Stuart kings on Portland stone plinths, and a clay bust of the Earl, the latter now situated over the main Castle door. The work was to be completed and shipped from London (also Quellin's responsibility) by 1st June, 1686. The fee for all of this work was ?160 sterling. It is thought that moulds of the four kings already existed, and as Quellin was very ill by early 1686 his contribution to the work (particularly the Earl?s bust) may have been limited. By 1887, MacGibbon & Ross report that the statues "have been removed, and are now, along with other figures, lying out of sight, sadly mutilated". The statues of Charles II and James II have disappeared, but Charles I and James VI (listed separately) flank the N end of the main driveway. 1988 restoration by Renaissance Restoration Company of Leamington Spa.



THE ANTIQUARIES JOURNAL, M R Apted "Arnold Quellin's Statues at Glamis Castle", (1984). MacGibbon & Ross CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND Vol II, p119. R Innes-Smith GLAMIS CASTLE Guide.

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