William III

It is said that John Cheere made an equestrian statue of William III in 1739 for St. James’ Square in London, but because of a lack of funds this statue was never placed there. It could be that the statue in Petersfield turns out to be the one originally produced for St James’s Square in London. This statue was purchased with a bequest of 500 pounds from William Jollife in 1750.

The sculptor is said to be John Cheere or…… was this statue in Petersfield created by his older brother Henry.

The, originally gilded statue previously stood in Petersfield House and was removed to its present position in 1812. The statue was bought by the town in 1911 and restored by public subscription in 1913. When I saw the statue in 2011, it urgently needed another restoration.

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