Talk: Patronage at the Stuart Courts and the Birth of the Royal Collection

The prominence of painting at the Stuart courts throughout the 17th century – from the reign of King James I to that of Queen Anne – was a determining factor in the emergence of a national school of art in Britain during the 18th century.

This lecture, by Art Fund Trustee Christopher Lloyd, begins with an examination of the significance of Charles I’s collection, and looks at the importance of his patronage of two artists with international reputations – Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. Although the king’s collection was dispersed after his execution in 1649, his successors – following the Restoration in 1660 – sought to emulate his example. Charles II began the reconstitution of the royal collection, and his employment of Peter Lely, as well as the work undertaken by Godfrey Kneller for William and Mary, ensured that aspiring British artists remained in touch with developments on mainland Europe.

At the same time, the illusionistic decorative schemes by Antonio Verrio for royal residences Windsor Castle, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace, as well as for grand houses such as Chatsworth and Burghley, helped to introduce the Baroque style into Britain.

To book: please call 0870 050 3688. Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

10 Thursday 29 January, 2.30pm
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