GEORGE IV: LECTURES I & II
June 03, 2020
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On Wednesday 10 June 2020, at 11.00am, the topic was devoted to George IV – Palaces, Pavilions & Castles, when we looked at the various royal residences which George, as Prince of Wales, Regent and King either created or altered: Carlton House (seen above), the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
In a second lecture presented on Wednesday 17 June 2020, at 11.00 am, the topic was George IV – Shaping Royal Taste. We looked at the manner in which the Prince came under the influence of French taste, while later on various more ‘exotic’ and eclectic sources helped shape the series of lavish interiors which formed the backdrop to royal life. In these interiors an extraordinary collection of works of art were displayed and these too will be introduced within this second part of the lecture: historic portraits, Dutch paintings and stunning examples of decorative arts, mainly from France.
Uniting the eye of a ‘connoisseur’ with the duties of a monarch has not been much in evidence over the centuries. However, one of the great exceptions was George IV who formed an unrivalled collection of art, much of which remains in the Royal Collection. As Prince of Wales, Prince Regent and finally King, he was a restless creator of magnificent interiors in his houses, follies and palaces: Carlton House, the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, Buckingham Palace and his final achievement, the remodelling of Windsor Castle. To fill these interiors he purchased paintings and works of art in vast numbers, many of these by the finest artists of the day. Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, magnificent portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence, delicate French porcelain, intricate goldsmiths' work and much else.
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