Presented by Alexandra Loske, curator, the Royal Pavilion, and associate tutor in art history, University of Sussex

One of the greatest art collectors in British royal history, King George IV (1762–1830) is responsible for much of the splendor and sparkle in Britain’s royal collection, as well as several magnificent and sometimes baffling buildings and interiors. Perhaps the greatest expression of his creative mind is his oriental fantasy palace, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, on the south coast of England.

This lecture inspired by Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol explores the complex and much-criticized British monarch—from his privileged upbringing, to his difficult relationship with his father, to the influence of several strong-minded women on his tastes, and the tragic story of his only legitimate daughter, Charlotte.

A virtual tour through the Brighton Pavilion provides insight into how George IV created such an exotice pleasure palace. The talk finishes with recent events at the Pavilion, such as the restoration of one of the most magnificent state rooms, a special royal visit, and a collaboration with the Royal Collection.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019 4 p.m.

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MFAH Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Susan Vaughan Foundation; the CFP Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Carruth Foundation, Inc.; Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P.; Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; Dr. Angela Apollo; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; the Summerlee Foundation; the Swergold Family Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler; Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation; the Junior League of Houston, Inc.; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and Jim Gordon; Lubrizol Foundation; and Mr. and Mrs. S. Stacy Eastland.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.

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