The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Friday, 11 April 2014 to Sunday, 12 October 2014

In 1714 George I ascended the throne as the first British monarch of the German House of Hanover. With the dawn of a new dynastic age came a silent revolution – one of the most dramatic periods of change across all aspects of British political, intellectual and cultural life. 

To mark the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian era, The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 explores royal patronage and taste in the reigns of George I and George II as a product of a time when Britain was the world’s most liberal, commercial and modern society. It brings together over 300 works in the Royal Collection from royal residences across the UK.

Opening times

Open daily, 10:00-17:30
Last admission 16:30

Admission prices

Adult £9.75
Concessions £8.95
Under 17 £4.95
Under 5 Free

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Short talk - The Taste of the Town

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Free Short Talk with an exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass. In the eighteenth century, England made its name as a centre for the manufacture of luxury goods. Yet for the most prestigious art forms – painting and music – the fashionable ... Read more about Short talk - The Taste of the Town

Short Recital - Geminiani Sonata No.6 in D major

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Free Short recital with an exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass. Join musicians from the Royal College of Music for a short 15-minute recitals on the Shudi Harpsichord and other period instruments, exploring music from the Georgian ... Read more about Short Recital - Geminiani Sonata No.6 in D major

Exhibition Articles

Harpsichord music

Click on one of the videos in the playlist below to enjoy harpsichord music, played by Robert Woolley on the harpsichord made for Frederick, Prince of Wales by Burkat Shudi in 1740.  ... Read more about Harpsichord music

Videos: Introducing the First Georgians

Three short films in which exhibition curator and Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, introduces themes from the exhibition have been produced by the BBC for Royal Collection Trust and can be viewed here: ... Read more about Videos: Introducing the First Georgians