The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Talent, Wit, Buffoonery: George IV’s Life, Loves, and Tastes

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 – Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

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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
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  • 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.
  • General Admission

    • 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.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

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 Hours

    Open 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
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

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.

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