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Charles I (1600–49) became king following the death of his father James I in 1625. His attempts to raise money without recourse to parliament in a period of ‘personal rule’ and his changes to religious practices in England and Scotland led to Civil War in the 1640s, culminating in the king’s defeat and execution. Paris-born sculptor Le Sueur arrived in London by 1626 and came into the king’s service in the 1630s, producing several sculptures of the monarch. This bust was presented to the city of Chichester, West Sussex, and on display on the market cross there from the 1660s.