George IV

Art & Spectacle

Edited by Kate Heard and Kathryn Jones

George IV

Edited by Kate Heard and Kathryn Jones

Distributed for Royal Collection Trust

304 pages | 300 color plates | 9 x 11 1/2
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781909741607 Will Publish January 2020 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
George IV was arguably the most magnificent of British monarchs. By the time George ascended to the throne in 1820 after nine years as Prince Regent, he was already well-known for his extravagant lifestyle. Visual display played an important role in his public image, an image that he worked hard to control. Through the spectacular interiors of his houses and palaces, numerous flattering portraits, carefully choreographed state occasions, and his fashion choices, George IV attempted to shape public perception of his person as heir to the throne and as king.

George was the collector and commissioner of many of the finest works of art in the Royal Collection. He also turned Buckingham House into a Palace, radically remodeled Windsor Castle inside and out, and built the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, an oriental-style pleasure palace by the sea. In London, his architectural vision extended to the design of Regent Street and Regent’s Park. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, and a period of unprecedented global exploration, this book considers the monarch’s public image, taste for the theatrical and exotic, admiration of French style, and all-consuming passion for collecting. George IV: Art & Spectacle is published to accompany a major exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, timed to coincide with the bicentenary of George IV’s accession to the throne. This volume offers a long-overdue reappraisal of one of the most important figures in the formation of the Royal Collection.
Contents
Foreword Notes for the reader Plans of Carlton House
Introduction George IV: Art and spectacle Kathryn Jones and Kate Heard
Chapter 1 ‘First Gentleman of Europe’ Jonathan Marsden
Chapter 2 Man of fashion: George, Prince of Wales, and his image Steven Parissien
Chapter 3 Princely splendour and posterity: George IV’s patronage and display of portraiture Rebecca Lyons
Chapter 4 George IV as a collector of portrait miniatures Vanessa Remington
Chapter 5 The construction, decoration and demolition of George IV’s Carlton House David Oakey
Chapter 6 George IV and the art market Rufus Bird
Chapter 7 George IV and the Low Country Masters Desmond Shawe-Taylor
Chapter 8 George IV and modern manufacturing Kathryn Jones
Chapter 9 A naive and sentimental soldier? George IV and the art of war Kate Heard
Chapter 10 The Royal Pavilion at Brighton David Beevers
Chapter 11 The female influence on George IV’s taste and collecting habits Alexandra Loske
Chapter 12 ‘The Great Joss and his playthings’: George IV and satirical prints Kate Heard
Chapter 13 George IV and sporting art Sally Goodsir
Chapter 14 George IV’s intellectual world Emma Stuart and Kate Heard
Chapter 15 ‘Never so happy as in show and state’ Kathryn Jones
Chapter 16 George IV’s visits to Ireland, Hanover and Scotland Deborah Clarke
Chapter 17 The houses that George built: St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Kathryn Jones and Kate Heard
Chapter 18 George IV and the wider world Rachel Peat
Appendix Works of art displayed in the exhibition George IV: Art & Spectacle
Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgements Contributors
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