Portrait of the Day: George IV and his Wives

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12 August 2014, 12:00

Room 17


  • Gallery Talk

King George IV, after Sir Thomas Lawrence, (1815) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King George IV
after Sir Thomas Lawrence
NPG 2503

Famous for his gambling and over indulgence of food and drink, George IV’s relationships with his wives are no less turbulent. Married in secret when he was just 23 to a Catholic widow, George defied his father and Parliament. His crippling debts however, forced him to cast aside his first wife and accept his father’s choice of a bride. So inebriated on his wedding day he could barely stand, George’s second marriage is perhaps one of the least successful marriages in history. Join us to discover more. Talk led by Alex Dennis.

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