Conference | Enlightened Monarchs: Art at Court

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on March 10, 2014

From the conference programme:

Enlightened Monarchs: Art at Court in the Eighteenth Century
The Wallace Collection, London, 7 May 2014

event_5896_fullimagepath__Vanloo 250pxTo commemorate the 300th anniversary of George I’s accession to the British throne in 1714, Royal Collection Trust, the Wallace Collection and the Society for Court Studies are organising a study day dedicated to the often overlooked art patronage of the first two Georges and their families. In addition to investigating official commissions and personal taste, it will explore differences and similarities between the arts at court in Britain, Prussia, France and Spain in the Age of Enlightenment. The day will conclude with a private view of The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714–1760 and a glass of wine at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Tickets: £35. Includes refreshments and exhibition entry at The Queen’s Gallery, excludes lunch.


10:00  Registration, tea and coffee

10:20  Welcome by Christoph Vogtherr, Director of the Wallace Collection

10:25  Morning Session | Britain and Hanover
Chaired with an introduction by Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures

10:35  Where is Hanover? The artistic and dynastic roots of the first Georgian monarchs, Wolf Burchard, Royal Collection Trust

11:05  The setting for a new dynasty: Furnishing St James’s Palace for George I and his Court, 1714–1715, Rufus Bird, Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art

11:30  William Kent’s royal clients: A challenge to exhibition curation, Julius Bryant, Keeper Word and Image Department, Victoria & Albert Museum

12:10  Discussion

12:25  Break for lunch

1:10  Afternoon Session | London, Berlin, Paris and Madrid
Chaired by Clarissa Campbell Orr, President of the Society for Court Studies

1.15  Becoming British: Queen Caroline and Collecting, Joanna Marschner, Historic Royal Palaces

1.55  Sophie Charlotte of Prussia and Frederick the Great as collectors, Christoph Vogtherr, Wallace Collection

2.35  Coffee

2.55  Louis XV and the control of art in France, Helen Jacobson, Wallace Collection

3.35  The king’s own taste of the politics of reform? Bourbon royal patronage in Madrid, Curt Noel, New York University London

4.15  Discussion

4.30  Travel to The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

5:00  Private view of The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714–1760

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