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George IV: Art & Spectacle

Accompanies the major exhibition

Kate Heard and Kathryn Jones

With contributions by David Beevers, Rufus Bird, Deborah Clarke, Sally Goodsir, Kathryn Jones, Alexandra Loske, Rebecca Lyons, Jonathan Marsden, David Oakey, Steven Parissien, Rachel Peat, Vanessa Remington, Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Emma Stuart

 304 pages

The catalogue is brilliant – George IV springs off the page, [and the book includes] fantastic illustrations.

Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4


George IV: Art & Spectacle - book cover

Book jacket George IV: Art & Spectacle ©

Hardback, 290 x 230 mm, 300 colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 909741 60 7

Both in his role as Prince of Wales and, from 1820, magnificent king, George IV purchased paintings, metalwork, textiles, furniture, watercolours, books and ceramics in vast numbers, many of these works by the finest artists of the day. 

Through the spectacular interiors of his houses and palaces in London and Brighton, numerous flattering portraits, carefully choreographed state occasions and consciously ostentatious fashion choices, George IV attempted to shape public perception of his role as heir to the throne and as king.

To celebrate next year as the 200th anniversary of George IV's accession to the throne, this beautifully illustrated monograph examines the man behind the crown through his unrivalled art collection.

Kathryn Jones is Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Royal Collection Trust. Her previous publications include European Silver in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen and The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy

Kate Heard is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. Her previous publications include Maria Merian's Butterflies and High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson.

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George IV: Art & Spectacle

A lavish exhibition looking at the monarch's life through the art that enriched his world

Double page spread from chapter on Miniatures from George IV book

Chapter 4: George IV as a collector of portrait miniatures ©

Double page spread from chapter on Man of Fashion from George IV book

Pages from Chapter 2: Man of Fashion ©

Double page spread from chapter on the Royal Pavilion from George IV book

Pages from Chapter 10: The Royal Pavilion at Brighton ©

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Highlights from the publication

Richard Cosway (1742-1821)

Maria Fitzherbert

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

George IV (1762-1830)

Jan Steen (Leiden 1626-Leiden 1679)

A Woman at her Toilet

Nikolaus Schmidt (c. 1550/55-1609)

Nautilus cup

Rundell Bridge & Rundell

The Diamond Diadem

François Girardon (1628-1715)

Equestrian statue of Louis XIV