Equestrian Statue of George I
This statue of King George I on horseback is made of lead on a stone pedastal (1660-1727) was cast by John Nost II (d.1729) after a model by Charles Burchard. George I is modelled after the antique equestrian statue of Emperoro marcus Aurelius in the Musei Capitolini, Rome and the equestrian statue of Charles I by Hubert Le Seur, cast in 1633 (Charing Cross, London). He is depicted in plate armour, crowned with laurels and holding a rod of office in his left hand.
The Stowe monument was commissioned by Richard Temple to celebrate his return to political favour after the death of Queen Anne. It was to George I that Temple owed his title of Viscount (1718) and the restitution of his military command, enablng him to profit handsomely from the capture of Vigo (1719).
By 1797 the statue was installed in its present position on The Course.