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A King's Legacy: The Formation of George IV's Collection

Scottish National Gallery The Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (please enter via the back door of the RSA)
  • Wednesday 23 October 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
£ 14.00

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Ahead of a major exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace opening 15 November 2019 this lecture will look at the towering figure of George IV as a collector: how he formed his collection, what impelled him to buy on such a prodigious scale, who he relied on for advice and who his buying agents were and what role they played in forming his collection. As a deeply sociable monarch, his circle of friends played an important role in the formation of George’s collection – and of their own collections. George’s collecting transformed the Royal Collection from one of national interest to one of international significance, especially in the field of French decorative arts and English silver. Through this talk Rufus Bird, Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art, will consider the huge range of George IV’s acquisitions, comprising French Sèvres porcelain and sculpture, miniatures, Dutch pictures, English portraiture, furniture, clocks and French furniture.

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Cabinet, mounted with Florentine hard stone plaques, by Adam Weisweiler, c. 1785, 100.3 x 149.8 x 48.3 cm, RCIN 2593
© HM Queen Elizabeth II 2019 / Royal Collection Trust

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Lecture or talk Our Friends

A King's Legacy: The Formation of George IV's Collection

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