Art & Power

Charles II

Please note this tour has departed View current tours
Wednesday 14 March 2018



The restoration of Charles II in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England.  The Court once again became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art. These served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king. Most importantly the king recovered as many of his father’s possessions as he could, augmented by new commissions and purchases.  

The glittering silver-gilt plate which adorned the high-altar of Westminster Abbey during the King's coronation, old master paintings, tapestries and spectacular furniture will give us a never seen before glimpse into the world of the Restoration monarchy.

Two morning lectures will be followed by an afternoon visit to the Queen’s Gallery exhibition.  £69. £10 reduction for participants attending both Study Days.

Study Days in London are held at The Linnaean Society in Piccadilly and begin with coffee at 10.30 am; the lectures start at 11.00 am 

  • Included: Morning coffee, two morning lectures, entry to the Queen's Gallery
  • Not included: Travel to/from London, Lunch
Booking Enquiry