Royal Armouries

People

Craftsmen

colour photo of a carved wooden head of Charles I

Grinling Gibbons and the Horse Armoury

colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

John Nost I and the Horse Armoury

monochrome pencil and ink sketch of a line of armoured figures on horseback

Marmaduke Townson and the Horse Armoury

colour photo of a carved wooden head of William III

Nicholas Alcock and the Horse Armoury

watercoloured sketch of a line of armoured figures on horseback

Thomas Quellin(us) and the Horse Armoury

watercolour of a line of armoured figures on horseback

William Emmett and the Horse Armoury

coloured line drawing of people visiting a line of mounted armours

William Morgan and the Horse Armoury

Writers

Artemus Ward

‘Artemus Ward’ – an American wit’s view…

Grand Storehouse

‘Jacky Curious’ explores the Tower Armouries

LOK menagerie lions den

Dr William King’s ‘Monsieur Sorbeir’ prefers the…

Painting of Execution of Kilmarnock and Balmerino. © Royal Armouries.

Jonathan Swift on a visit to the…

monochrome pencil and ink sketch of a line of armoured figures on horseback

Laurence Sterne: the Horse Armoury and Tristram…

watercolour detail showing the figure of a king in armour on a horse

Samuel Richardson describes a young woman’s first…

watercolour of a line of armoured figures on horseback

William Combe and the Microcosm of London

The Line of Kings Exhibition


For several centuries, Tower of London visitors have enjoyed seeing the figures of armoured kings, displayed with life-sized wooden horses.

Visit the world’s longest-running visitor attraction.