The King's Pictures

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The King's Pictures

The Formation of the Collection of Charles I

Date and time

Monday 24 February, 6.30–7.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Nicholas Penny, Karen Serres and Simon Jervis

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This is the first discussion in the series and will focus on 'The Formation of the Collection of Charles I'. 

Discussion Series: The King's Pictures

What impact did the sale of Charles I's art collection have on future generations of collectors and visitors to public galleries? The formation, sale and legacy of the collections of Charles I and his courtiers will be discussed over the course of these three events.

This series of discussions marks the posthumous publication of Francis Haskell's 'The King's Pictures'.

Dr Karen Serres

Dr Karen Serres is Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Prior to this she was the Nina and Lee Griggs Associate Curator of European Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. After completing an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Karen was named Robert H. Smith Research Curator in the Department of Sculpture there.

She has worked as a researcher for the complete catalogue of paintings at the Wallace Collection and is the Editor of the recent publication 'The King's Pictures: The Formation and Dispersal of the Collections of Charles I and His Courtiers', upon which this discussion series is based.

Simon Jervis

Simon Jervis worked at Leicester Museums and Art Gallery and in the Department of Furniture at the Victoria & Albert Museum before becoming Director and Marlay Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 1990. In 1995 he was appointed Historic Buildings Secretary, subsequently Director of Historic Buildings, of the National Trust, of whose Arts Panel he had been Chairman from 1987, and whence he retired in early 2002.

His books include Printed Furniture Designs Before 1660 (1974), High Victorian Design (1983), The Penguin Dictionary of Design and Designers (1984), Furniture of about 1900 in the Victoria & Albert Museum (1986) and British and Irish Inventories (2010).

Image above: Detail from Van Dyck, 'Equestrian Portrait of Charles I', 1637-8