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The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760 Hardcover – 19 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Collection Trust (19 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190568679X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905686797
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 4.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Multrus on 19 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
Published to accompany a large and beautiful exhibition at the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, this book marks, very appropriately, the commemoration of the arrival in Great Britain in 1714 of the Elector of Hanover, who, on the death of Queen Anne became King George I. George had been chosen by the British parliament (as great-grandson of King James I) over at least fifty other possible heirs because he was Protestant, thus excluding the progeny of James II, who had been exiled by the Glorious Revolution of 1688 from inheriting the throne of Britain. Though the north German land of Hanover was quite small, it was just one of innumerable German lands still over a century and a half far from unification as Germany, but whilst it might have been about the size of Wales, it was certainly no backwater. If the evidence of the Palace of Herrenhausen with its enormous facade and immense landscaped gardens are to be used as a yardstick, it was a small version of Versailles, and therefore it must have been something of a shock for the new king to arrive at the old Tudor palace of St James to find himself the king of an immeasurably greater realm, and burgeoning empire overseas, and yet housed so comparatively meanly. At the same time, it must be said that he arrived in Britain at a time of increasing prosperity and it could have fallen to him to erect a palace reflecting this; but he did not. All he did was to rebuild some rooms at Kensington Palace (outside the city, where he could breathe purer air - because he had asthma) in the fashionable new Roman style of William Kent. Neither did his successor George II build a palace, preferring to live at Windsor in the rooms of Charles II and at Hampton Court in the rooms created for William III, making small changes to both.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Dickens on 21 April 2014
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One of the best catalogues I have read in quite some time. The illustrations are of exceptional quality and there are pictures of objects and paintings which are not in the exhibition. The articles are fascinating and provide a fascinating background to the exhibition. I bought my hardback copy at the exhibition for £29.95 so I'm puzzled why it is suggested on Amazon that the price is £45 unless that is what you have to pay in the shops.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By christopher baker on 20 Nov. 2014
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As uaual from the Royal Collection Trust,a fabulously informative catalogue to this exhibition at The Queen's Gallery.Illustrations so good that it was not entirely necessary to see the show itself.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By UES Reader on 25 Feb. 2015
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The exhibit was fantastic and lush, so is the book. If you couldn't go, you MUST have this
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