George III: Connoisseur and Collector
Lecture | Concord College
Wednesday 26 October 2011 - 12:30 until 15:30
King George III, neither tyrant nor mad, was one of Britain's greatest royal patrons of the arts.
During his 59-year reign he bought the future Buckingham Palace, re-inhabited Windsor Castle, and refurbished Somerset House. He acquired thousands of Old Master drawings, paintings, and decorative arts, including works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Vermeer, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Canaletto, Zoffany, Benjamin West and John Singeton Copley.
The King was especially interested in collecting books and maps, which went on to form the nucleus of the British Library, and demonstrated his interest in science by installing time-keeping devices in every room of Buckingham Palace. This lecture will examine George III's artistic legacy and contend that the King was the 'most cultured monarch ever to sit on the throne of Britain' despite the great political, military and social upheaval of his reign.
Oliver Everrett has held several positions in the Royal Household, as Associate Private Secretary to HRH the Prince of Wales and as Private Secretary to HRH the late Princess of Wales. He was Librarian at Windsor Castle and Assistant Keeper of the Queen's Archives 1985-2002.