18th-Century Power Politics

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Anne McElvoy talks to The Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures Desmond Shawe-Taylor and historians Amanda Foreman, Stella Tillyard and Jeremy Black about 18th century monarchy and power.

Amanda Foreman is the author of books including Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire.

Jeremy Black's publications include: Debating Foreign Policy in Eighteenth Century Britain and Parliament, and Foreign Policy in Eighteenth Century Britain.

Stella Tillyard is an author of a novel, the Tides of War, set in the Peninsular War and historical biography of the Georgian period including the three sisters of George III, the 4 daughters of the Duke of Richmond and the Irish revolutionary, Lord Edward Fitzgerald.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor has written widely on art, including Georgian portraiture, and is the curator of the exhibition 'The First Georgians, Art and Monarchy 1714 -1760' running at the Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace from the 11th April.

Producer: Harry Parker.

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45 minutes

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Tue 15 Apr 2014 22:00

The First Georgians

The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 is at the The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace until 5 October 2014.

Galley: Images from The First Georgians exhibition

Image above: Sir Godfrey Kneller, George II as Prince of Wales, 1716. Royal Collection Trust. © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2014.

The BBC 18th Century Season

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Role Contributor
PresenterAnne McElvoy
Interviewed GuestDesmond Shawe-Taylor
Interviewed GuestAmanda Foreman
Interviewed GuestStella Tillyard
Interviewed GuestJeremy Black
ProducerHarry Parker

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