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3rd - 4th Oct / 2020
The 44th FHS ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM - Online

George IV 1820-2020: Fresh Perspectives on the King's Furniture Two-day webinar, 3 & 4 October 2020.

In the bicentenary year of George IV’s accession, the Furniture History Society symposium will present new lines of research on the king’s long career as a patron and collector of furniture and furnishings.  It aims to re-examine the driving forces behind his activities in this field, relationship with makers, activities as a collector, as well as his contemporary impact and longer-term legacy.

SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER – SESSION ONE 

16.30 Welcome by Christopher Rowell, Chairman of the FHS

16.35 Introduction by Sir Jonathan Marsden (Chair)

16.40 David Oakey - 'Painting it and Putting Handsome Furniture Where Necessary' – George Prince of Wales’s Early Furnishing of Carlton House

17.10 Rufus Bird, Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art - Tatham & Co. at Carlton House

17.40 Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust ‘Finery and Five-Clawed Dragons’: interpreting George IV’s interiors

18.10 Dr Diana Davis - 'Quite éblouissant': George IV and the Anglo-Gallic Interior 

18.40 Q&A

19.00 Summing Up by Sir Jonathan Marsden 

19.05 End

SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER – SESSION TWO 

16.30 Welcome by Christopher Rowell, Chairman of the FHS

16.35 Introduction by Sir Jonathan Marsden (Chair)

16.40 Kathryn Jones, Senior Curator at Royal Collection Trust - 'Of the Utmost Beauty and Newest Fashion’, George IV and Modern Manufacturing

17.10 Dr Alexandra Loske, Art Historian, Curator & Editor - The Interior Decoration and Colouring of Brighton Pavilion

17.40 Dr Helen Jacobsen, Senior Curator and Curator of 18th century French Decorative Arts, The Wallace Collection - Shared Tastes: George IV and the 3rd Marquess of Hertford

18.10 Michael Hall, Curator at Exbury House - George IV’s legacy and the English Rothschilds 

18.40 Q&A

19.00 Summing Up by Sir Jonathan Marsden 

19.05 End

Please click here for the link to register and pay through Eventbrite.

Associated events:

We are currently planning a virtual visit to The Royal Collection's George IV exhibition to replace the previously advertised visit.  


George IV: Art & Spectacle at The Queen’s Gallery (until 11 October 2020) presents George IV's life through the art that enriched his world, and brings together Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, magnificent portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Sir Joshua Reynolds, delicate French porcelain, intricate goldsmiths' work and elegant books and drawings.

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George IV by Thomas Lawrence, 1822 © Wallace Collection, London

Contact events@furniturehistorysociety.org to register interest.

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