Equestrian statue of William III, Bristol

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Equestrian statue of William III
King William III statue Queen Square, Bristol.jpg
The statue in 2011
ArtistJohn Michael Rysbrack

The equestrian statue of William III is a historic statue in the centre of Queen Square in Bristol, England. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]

The statue of William III by John Michael Rysbrack,[2] cast in 1733 and erected in 1736 to signify Bristol's Whig support of the Crown and Parliament Recognition Act 1689.[3] The original plan was to have a statue of George II.[4]

During World War II the statue was moved to Badminton and subsequently restored and returned to the square in 1948.[4]

The bronze statue is on a Portland ashlar pedestal with a moulded plinth and cornice. It depicts the king in Roman dress.[3][5]

Engraving of the statue, published in Chilcott's Descriptive History of Bristol, 1846


  1. ^ Historic England. "Equestrian statue of William III (1218127)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  2. ^ "History & Restoration". Queens Square Association. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Historic England. "Equestrian Statue of William III (1008196)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Statues and Sculptures". About Bristol. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  5. ^ Speel, Bob. "Statues in Queen Square, Bristol". Bob Speel. Retrieved 27 November 2016.

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