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    Madonna and Child in a Landscape with Tobias and the Angel©

    Charles I (reg.1625-49) assembled one of the greatest collections of paintings ever seen in Europe. He brought Italian artists to England, he was presented with paintings as gifts, and he bought many works, most notably the best of the magnificent Gonzaga collection of Mantua.

    His collection was sold after his execution, but his son Charles II (reg.1660-85) reclaimed many paintings and also made new purchases. Unusually, Charles II also collected Italian Renaissance drawings, a taste followed a century later by George III (reg.1760-1820), who bought thousands of Baroque drawings for his library.

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.