Desmond Shawe-Taylor will discuss one of the most significant commissions of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s career, depicting the heroes and monarchs responsible for the overthrow of Napoleon and the diplomats who rebuilt Europe in his wake. Beginning before the Battle of Waterloo in 1814, and ending with the death of Lawrence and George IV in 1830, the commission of portraits for the Waterloo Chamber captures three extraordinary, parallel lives, of Napoleon, George IV, and Thomas Lawrence.
Desmond Shawe-Taylor has been the Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures since 2005, prior to which he was Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery. He is currently working on an exhibition of Charles I’s art collection, due to open at the Royal Academy in 2018. He is a Trustee of the Holburne Museum.
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