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Watercolour of Buckingham House's East Library
The Libraries of George III

George III was a keen bibliophile

Arts and Sciences

The arts and sciences were of personal interest to George III. As Prince of Wales, he received instruction in architectural drawing and acquired several pieces of scientific equipment. As king, he supported the establishment of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768 and he was greatly interested in scientific innovation at the Royal Society. He also had a passion for agriculture; he encouraged the use of new technology and agricultural practices on his estates at Windsor, Kew and Richmond.

The king’s personal collections provide a cross-section of some of the most significant advances made in the eighteenth century. In addition to contemporary editions of works by the great philosophers of antiquity, there are also several volumes by the most important and influential figures of the Scottish Enlightenment and English science.

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.