Scandals with the royals are nothing new and the George IV exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery gives us a peek into his life showing us his good points and what made him popular and a figure of fun. He was famous and unpopular because of his extravagant lifestyle , his womanising and drinking but his collecting habit has left us with an extraordinary legacy, some of which is on display in this exhibition. He was one of the great collectors of paintings and decorative arts of his age but also the subject of much satirical ridicule for his lifestyle and for being out of touch with his people. His reign was relatively short (1820-1830) but before this he was Prince Regent as his father George III was deemed unfit due to his mental health so George the younger effectively ruled from 1811. This exhibition features of over 300 works from the Royal Collection gives us new and rich insights into the life of George IV.
George was a big spender but he was able to pick up a good deal of art, furniture and ceramics after the upheavals on the Continent following the French Revolution flooded the market with work which had belonged to the French aristocrats. The furniture is grand, elaborate and somewhat over the top!