The Figure Court is the oldest part of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and was started by Wren in 1682.

The colonnade is all Wren's original work, with the benches and panelling dating back to 1688 and the Latin inscription is said to have been composed by Wren himself.

The Doric columns of the main portico, 32 feet high, support the Royal Hospital's water cistern which was originally filled from the River Thames.

The 7'6" statue of Charles II, from which the Court takes its name, is the work of Grinling Gibbons. It shows the King as a Roman general, holding a baton as a sign of his Imperial authority. The statue was presented to the King by Tobias Rustat in 1682 and was moved to the Royal Hospital after the King died in 1685. Originally gilded, it was bronzed in 1782 but was re-gilded in 2002 for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. 

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