January 2020

Talent, Wit, Buffoonery : George IV’s life, loves & tastes

Welcome to The Arts Society Brighton & Hove
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 10:45
The Brighthelm Centre
North Road Brighton BN1 1YD

Join The Arts Society Brighton & Hove for "Talent, Wit, Buffoonery : George IV’s life, loves & tastes" with lecturer Dr Alexandra Loske.

Dr Alexandra Loske
2020 marks the 200th anniversary of George IV becoming King (although he wasn’t crowned until 1821). He is arguably the greatest collector in British royal history and we owe him much of the splendour and sparkle in the Royal Collection, as well as several magnificent and sometimes baffling buildings and interiors. Perhaps the greatest expression of his excitable and creative mind is his oriental fantasy palace, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Curator Alexandra Loske will introduce this complex and much-criticised of British monarchs, from his privileged upbringing to his difficult relationship with his father, to the influence of several strong-minded women on his tastes, including his mother Queen Charlotte and his sisters at Frogmore House. The talk will finish with a look at what has recently been happening at the Pavilion, such as the complete restoration of one of the most magnificent state rooms, a very special royal visit, and the temporary return from the Royal Collection of many of the original decorative objects that were in the building in the 1820s but were removed by Queen Victoria in the 1840s.