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From an edition of ten
Maquette For the Over Life-Size Sculpture, at Runnymede Pleasure Ground, Surrey, Commissioned To Celebrate the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, 2015.
In creating his sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, James Butler found inspiration in the famous painted portraits by Pietro Annigoni, of 1954 and 1969. As a result, the serene and stately thirteen-feet high statue, representing the Queen in full garter robes, also does much to reflect more than a millennium of uninterrupted English monarchy.
On 14 June 2015, John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, unveiled the statue at Runnymede, Surrey, close to the point at which King John agreed the Magna Carta. At the unveiling, Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary and MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, described it as an ‘excellent statue’ and ‘a fabulous statement to