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George IV: Art & Spectacle

Queen’s Gallery, London

15 Nov 2019 - 3 May 2020

Although his great decadence made him an unpopular king in his lifetime, George IV is nowadays recognised an invaluable patron of the arts, and a key figure in the formation of the Royal Collection. This exhibition explores the formation of his often-theatrical taste by highlighting key architectural commissions as well as his many acquisitions, including Asian porcelain, French decorative art and masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age. Find out more from the Royal Collection Trust’s website.

Preview the exhibition below | View Apollo’s Art Diary here

Shield of Achilles (1821), Philip Rundell.

Shield of Achilles (1821), Philip Rundell. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© HM Queen Elizabeth II 2019

George IV (1762-1830) when Prince of Wales (1791), George Stubbs.

George IV (1762–1830) when Prince of Wales (1791), George Stubbs. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© HM Queen Elizabeth II 2019

Diana and Actaeon (c. 1785–88), Thomas Gainsborough.

Diana and Actaeon (c. 1785–88), Thomas Gainsborough.Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© HM Queen Elizabeth II 2019

The Passage Boat (c. 1650), Aelbert Cuyp.

The Passage Boat (c. 1650), Aelbert Cuyp. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© HM Queen Elizabeth II 2019

The Shipbuilder and his Wife (1633), Rembrandt van Rijn.

The Shipbuilder and his Wife (1633), Rembrandt van Rijn. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© HM Queen Elizabeth II 2019