Talent, Wit, Buffoonery: George IV’s life, loves and tastes by Dr Alexandra Loske

11 February 2022 @ 2:30 pm
The Locker Room, Eastbourne Tennis Centre
£12 (EAC Members £10)


PLEASE NOTE: The date of this event is shown incorrectly in the EASTBOURNE ARTS CIRCLE magazine.

2020 marked the 200th anniversary of George IV becoming King (although he wasn’t crowned until 1821). He is arguably the greatest collector in British royal history, and we owe him much for the splendour and sparkle in the Royal Collection, as well as several magnificent and sometimes baffling buildings and interiors. Perhaps the greatest expression of his excitable and creative mind is his oriental fantasy palace, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Alexandra Loske will introduce this complex and much criticised of British monarchs, from his privileged upbringing to his difficult relationship with his father, to the influence of several strong-minded women on his tastes, including his mother Queen Charlotte and his sisters at Frogmore House. The talk will finish with a look at what has recently been happening at the Pavilion, such as the complete restoration of one of the most magnificent state rooms, a very special royal visit, and the temporary return from the Royal Collection of many of the original decorative objects that were in the building in in the 1820s but were removed by Queen Victoria in the 1840s.

Dr Alexandra Loske is a German-born art historian and curator at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton specialising in late 18th century and early 19th century European art and architecture.  Alexandra has lectured and published widely.

With regret, we must inform patrons that this event is now sold out. Please contact Sir Philip Anson for details of our waiting list. For events at the Locker Room in the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, which is being used by us while the Towner Art Gallery has the builders working inside,  tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events, all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

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