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Giles Waterfield Memorial Lecture: George IV and His Picture Collecting

Rebecca Lyons calls for a historical reappraisal of King George IV and his prolific picture collection. Criticised as excessive and larger than life by his Victorian biographers, George IV believed his art collecting was a princely enterprise. Profligate or patriot? You decide…

This is the third annual lecture in memorial to the Gallery’s first director, Giles Waterfield. Rebecca Lyons is Director of Learning and Collections at The Royal Academy of Arts and Director of Royal Collection Studies at The Attingham Trust.