George IV by Kate Heard

George IV by Kate Heard (editor) is the companion catalogue for the Art & Spectacle special exhibition. I bought this beautifully illustrated hardback book that accompanies the George IV exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, back in January. I enjoyed the exhibition very much and I wanted to know more. The book offers lots of lovely details on George IV, both as Prince of Wales and as a monarch.

George IV by Kate Heard

The book has 18 chapters with lots and lots of pictures and illustrations. It is a delight to see. The only downside is its weight. It is not exactly comfortable to read for a long period of time and this is why it took longer for me to finish it. I put it on a scale and it has 2kg (over 4 pounds), so that is quite a lot for a book. But, at the same time, that is my only negative comment.

George IV
George IV

In the book there are details on the houses he built, including the Royal Pavilion, the art he commissioned or collected, his very successful trips to Ireland, Scotland, and Hanover, there are details on the books he purchased as well. It is an informative and lovely book to read.

I have another book by Kate Heard, bought at the same time with this one, and another book from an exhibition, on Charles II. I will read that in the summer holiday.

George IV by Kate Heard

Details about the picture: the tea is from Buckingham too
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Royal Collection Trust
Year it was published: 2020
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History
Pages: 304

About the author: Kate Heard is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection Trust. Her previous publications include Maria Merian’s Butterflies and High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson.
Kathryn Jones, the second editor is Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Royal Collection Trust. Her previous publications include European Silver in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen and The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy.
With contributions by David Beevers, Rufus Bird, Deborah Clarke, Sally Goodsir, Kathryn Jones, Alexandra Loske, Rebecca Lyons, Jonathan Marsden, David Oakey, Steven Parissien, Rachel Peat, Vanessa Remington, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, and Emma Stuart.
Other exhibition catalogues: Russia. Art, Royalty, and the Romanovs; Charles II, Art & Power.
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