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Although the exhibition will focus on the 50 years before the onset of George III’s final illness and the establishment of the Regency in 1811, it includes items made to celebrate the King’s first recovery from porphyria in 1789.

This will be the first major exhibition to focus on both George III and his consort, Queen Charlotte, as collectors and patrons of the arts. It will examine their close association with leading artists and entrepreneurs during one of the most creative periods in British history, which saw the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Society of Arts.