Architect King: George III and the Culture of the Enlightenment

By: David Watkin

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Book Condition: Near Fine


Book is in excellent condition with a tiny amount of wear showing at the unbumped lower corners and bottom spine, a minimal amount of white spattering on back lower cover doesn't show much. Otherwise Fine. Binding is solid and square, covers have sharp corners, exterior shows no blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. Dust jacket shows the slightest signs of shelf wear only, with one small closed tear 1/3rd way up spine. Heavily illustrated. "George III was an ambitious patron of both the sciences and the arts. In this ground-breaking new survey David Watkin looks closely at the King's contribution to the area that interested him most deeply -- architectural design. George III's lifelong involvement in building and landscaping is placed in the context of his keen support for manufacturing, the scientific revolution and agricultural innovation, all of which were characteristic concerns of the Age of Improvement. Furthermore, taking into account the latest research into the role of the court in the political and cultural life of Europe before the French Revolution, Professor Watkin looks afresh at the significance of the King's position within the Holy Roman Empire."


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Architecture was George III's greatest passion. His interest in agriculture, science and the arts is well documented, but it was architectural design 'the King's favourite study' that engaged him most deeply. Drawing on the rich holdings of the Royal Library, David Watkin presents a full account of George III's relationship with his tutor, William Chambers, and with the other leading architects of his day including Robert Adam, James 'Athenian' Stuart and James Wyatt. Professor Watkin places the King's patronage of architects and gardeners in the context of ancien regime Europe and the Enlightenment, and he explores in some detail George III's dual role as King of England and Elector of Hanover. The King was himself a competent artist and several of his architectural designs are amongst the fine drawings, watercolours and engravings that illustrate the text.

Title: Architect King: George III and the Culture of the Enlightenment

Author: David Watkin

Categories: European History, Architecture,

Publisher: Royal Collection Enterprises Ltd: 2006

ISBN Number: 1902163508

ISBN Number 13: 9781902163505

Binding: Oversize Hardback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Architecture

Size: XL

Seller ID: 143445