King Charles 1 amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, works by the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning works by artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens. Following the king’s execution in 1649, his collection was sold off. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others form the core of museum collections such as the Louvre and the Prado. The exhibition reunites the greatest masterpieces of this magnificent collection for the first time ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to tapestries.
Many may remember Graham Greenfield’s excellent talk before the visit to the “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” exhibition. He will guide us through the “Charles 1: King and Collector” exhibition telling its story and explaining the significant impact of the works at the time.
10.15 a.m. onwards Meet at St James’ church hall basement for tea, coffee (via Church Place, directly off Piccadilly, down the iron steps)
11.00 a.m. Lecture by Graham Greenfield of the Royal Academy.
12.00 to 1.20 p.m. (lunch is not included)
01.30 p.m. Timed entry group 1 at the Royal Academy Burlington House 02.00 p.m. Timed entry group 2 at the Royal Academy Burlington House
Bookings will be taken at the next meeting.
Picture Charles I Anthony van Dyck 1635-6 Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
We will visit The Royal Courts of Justice in the morning, this guided tour will include The Great Hall, viewing original court documents relating to ‘Guy Fawkes’, an exhibition of legal costumes, history about the fabulous Art, including works by Wright, Lawrence and Shee and a history of the RCJ’s famous cases and Inquiries.
In the afternoon we will visit Sir John Soane’s Museum. Sir John Soane (1753 – 1837) was one of the most inventive architects of his time and an avid collector. He built the Bank of England and Dulwich Picture Gallery, as well as his own extraordinary home by buying, demolishing and rebuilding three houses in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. He displayed his acquisitions in creative, eclectic ways in his home and four years before he died he negotiated an Act of Parliament to preserve his house and collection, exactly as it would be at the time of his death and to keep it open and free for inspiration and education. We will have an introductory talk followed by a self-guided tour of the Museum.
Bookings will be taken at the March and April lectures.
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This tour will include a visit to The Vyne an Elizabethan House and Gardens, now undergoing a £54 million roof refurbishment. The roof work can be viewed from a high covered gallery.
Image: Ipomoea lobata in the Summerhouse Garden at The Vyne © National Trust Images/Karen Legg