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Exhibition multimedia

Gilding the Dragon

George IV had a love of fantastical chinoiserie decorative schemes. This dragon is one of a pair. Together they are the legs for an elaborate marble top pier table that was at Carlton House. Watch this film to find out how the dragon's timber frame is prepared for gilding by Gary Gronnestad, Gilding Conservator.


Peasants Dancing Outside a Tavern

This painting by David Teniers the Younger epitomises George IV's taste for rustic lowlife scenes by the Flemish Old Masters. Watch this film to hear Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, explain what is depicted.


George IV's Highland Dress Accoutrements

Watch this film to hear Deborah Clarke, Senior Curator at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, discuss George IV's historic visit to Scotland in 1822. These lavishly decorated accoutrements were ordered as part of George IV's Highland Dress and are replete with symbolism.


George IV's Coronation

George IV's coronation was an elaborate affair. His coronation surcoat and a cast of the Imperial State crown are in the exhibition. This video shows you where you can spot them in his coronation portrait.