A Peek at the Prince Regent’s Art Collection

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Aside from his passion for women and food, King George IV adored fine art. While he was Prince of Wales, he began collecting paintings and by 1816, 136 paintings decorated the suite of staterooms at Carlton House. His bedroom suite alone showcased an additional 67 paintings, and he had 250 other paintings in storage.

Amassing a collection this large took some help, and George turned to men who were influential and informed collectors of art in their own right. He looked to Sir Charles Long (later the 1st Baron Farnborough), Walsh Porter, and Sir Thomas Lawrence for advice on paintings to add to his collection. Lord Yarmouth, who became the 3rd Marquess of Hertford, served as the Prince Regent’s agent at art sales from 1810 to 1819.

So, if you strolled through the rooms at Carlton House during the Regency era, what would you have seen? Here is just a…

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2 thoughts on “A Peek at the Prince Regent’s Art Collection

  1. A lovely selection, including an excellent Stubbs. I was saddened to hear that it is all still part of ‘The Royal Collection.’ All this means to me, is that the royal family still own things bought by the hard work of the poor, who can rarely if ever view them.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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