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.
We would also like to remind Friends that all blue badge parking has been suspended on the Mound Precinct. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this and please be assured that we aim to re-instate the bays as soon as possible.
We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.
A King's Legacy: The Formation of George IV's Collection
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