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KING GEORGE 1V’S COLLECTION OLIVER EVERETT Thursday 27 September 2018

Our September Talk looks at the Collection of King George IV.  George IV was the single greatest Royal collector of art and instigator of architectural projects. He was passionately fond of lavish decoration and display. As Prince of Wales, he refurbished Carlton House in London; and built Brighton Pavilion. As King, he converted Buckingham House into Buckingham Palace; and made huge changes to Windsor Castle.

George IV furnished his palaces magnificently with French furniture, clocks, porcelain and sculpture. He was an avid collector of Dutch and Flemish paintings, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens and van Dyck. He also patronised contemporary artists such as Reynolds, Gainsborough, Lawrence and Stubbs; and sculptors Canova and Chantrey. He assembled the greatest collection of Sèvres porcelain in the world and a huge amount of historic and contemporary silver and gold objects. 

 The Talk will be given by Oliver Everett.  Oliver was educated at Cambridge University and did post graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA; and at the London School of Economics. Following service in the Foreign Office, including postings in India and Spain, he was Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales,1978 80; and then Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales, 1981-3.

Oliver was Librarian in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, 1984 2002 and is now Librarian Emeritus following his retirement in 2002. He wrote the official guidebook and audio tour on Windsor Castle, taught a course on its history and advised on a television programme about it. He has written articles on the Royal Library and helped with two books on aspects of the Royal Collection. He lectures widely in Britain and abroad and also on cruise ships.