Art and Patronage – The Royal Collection

Ref: C3742686

The royal collection reflects the personal tastes of individual monarchs, their relatives and advisors. This course traces the origins and the development of the collection from Tudor times to the present day focussing on art works commissioned and acquired by patrons such as Charles I, George IV and Queen Victoria.

Course aim

To introduce the students to the art collection of the British royal family as displayed in royal residences such as Hampton Court, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • examine some of the art works discussed during the course in a critical way
  • list two features of the artistic patronage of either Charles i or Queen Victoria
  • explain the reasons for George IV's patronage of the arts

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A short reading list will be provided at the start of the course

What can I do next?

  • students might wish to carry out independent study by reading about the collection and visiting the palaces discussed during the course

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Art and Patronage – The Royal Collection

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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