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”A more contemptible, cowardly, selfish, unfeeling dog does not exist. There have been good and wise kings but not many of them…and this I believe to be one of the worst.”

King George IV is something of an enigma in the history of the British Monarchy. He spent most of his life as King in waiting, but he did not waste that time. It was filled with a pleasure-loving whirlwind of activity: women, food, fashion, art, and architecture. He was one of the most artistically literate of all the British monarchs. Yet few mourned his passing.

He ruled over England twice. His first reign was as Prince Regent, running the country on behalf of his father George III, who people thought mad, but who was more likely suffering from a disease called porphyria. His title gave the name to a period of British history - The Regency - a period of great refinement and cultural achievement. His second reign was as King and he was on the throne for just over ten years from the age of 57 but was largely the target of ridicule.

Yet, he made his mark on the aesthetics of the monarchy. He left us with Buckingham Palace and the whimsical Brighton Pavilion. Together with his architect Jeffry Wyatville, he remodeled Windsor Castle, making it more gothic and medieval than the original. Today, some of the best state rooms you can visit are full of the gilt and gorgeousness of his taste in interior design. He popularized Tartan as a dress for the Scots and created one of London's most popular parks, Regents Park.

Led by a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Blue Badge Guide, and scholar of the British monarchy, Sean Moran, this visually powerful seminar will explore George IV’s contribution to Britain. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of George IV’s significant architectural legacy that lasts to this day.

Since leaving university in 1982, Sean has lived and worked across the globe in a nearly 30-year career as a senior executive in financial services. He put his skills and knowledge to work in the Charity Sector in the UK for 7 years but decided life was too short to not focus entirely on his passions for people, history, art and architecture. When not guiding, Sean is restoring a Georgian House and serving as a Parish Councillor. He is a freeman of the City of London and a freeman of the City Livery company of Clockmakers. He lives in London and Wiltshire.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Lively Talk about a Scandalous King

Scandalous tales, spicy historic cartoons and the sad story of a spendthrift Prince Regent and King. Sean had great stories to tell and explained the political aspects of each of the many cartoons shown.. A sad story well told.

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History made jolly

Sean presented an amusing and informative romp through the life of George IV. He made use of many caricatures to illustrate the scandalous Prince Regent, balanced with wonderful paintings and photos of the art and architecture owned by this man.

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Lively Talk about a Scandalous King

Scandalous tales, spicy historic cartoons and the sad story of a spendthrift Prince Regent and King. Sean had great stories to tell and explained the political aspects of each of the many cartoons shown.. A sad story well told.

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History made jolly

Sean presented an amusing and informative romp through the life of George IV. He made use of many caricatures to illustrate the scandalous Prince Regent, balanced with wonderful paintings and photos of the art and architecture owned by this man.