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.
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
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