Talent, Wit, Buffoonery: George IV’s Life, Loves, and Tastes
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 – Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Presented by Alexandra Loske, curator, the Royal Pavilion, and associate tutor in art history, University of Sussex
One of the greatest art collectors in British royal history, King George IV (1762–1830) is responsible for much of the splendor and sparkle in Britain’s royal collection, as well as several magnificent and sometimes baffling buildings and interiors. Perhaps the greatest expression of his creative mind is his oriental fantasy palace, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, on the south coast of England.
This lecture inspired by Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol explores the complex and much-criticized British monarch—from his privileged upbringing, to his difficult relationship with his father, to the influence of several strong-minded women on his tastes, and the tragic story of his only legitimate daughter, Charlotte.
A virtual tour through the Brighton Pavilion provides insight into how George IV created such an exotice pleasure palace. The talk finishes with recent events at the Pavilion, such as the restoration of one of the most magnificent state rooms, a special royal visit, and a collaboration with the Royal Collection.
• $5 MFAH members
• $10 Adult nonmembers
Reserve your seat in advance! Get tickets below.
HOURS & ADMISSION
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- MFAH Members FREE
- Adults $15
- Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
- Military (with ID) $10
- College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
- Youth (13–18) $7.50
- Children (12 & younger) FREE
- Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- Street Parking
Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.
Two Parking Garages
Parking Garage HoursOpen daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking Garage Fees
- Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
- The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
Special Offers / Dining
Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.
Events at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Nov. 2 – Mar. 24, 2019
Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow
Dec. 8 – Jun. 9, 2019
Mending: Craft and Community—Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Jan. 30 – Dec. 29, 2019
Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Within Walking Distance
Join the Houston Museum District
Join our mailing list for sneak peeks to upcoming events and insider information on the best museum district in the world