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Saturday Afternoon Lectures: The Royal Image in British Art: Past, Present, and Future in Houston


Presented by Christopher Lloyd, Former Surveyor of The Queen´s Pictures, The Royal Collection, Great Britain

What characterizes a great royal portrait? The paintings in the British Royal Collection provide an unparalleled history of the royal image from Hans Holbein the Younger in the sixteenth century through Van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough and Thomas Lawrence to a contemporary painter such as Lucian Freud. Every major contributor to this great tradition is represented in the collection by some of their most important and audacious work. Christopher Lloyd examines the history of the royal portrait in Britain explaining how sustaining the tradition proved so difficult during the nineteenth century but also how it might be revived today.

This lecture presented as part of the Eighth Biennial Freed Lecture series, which is made possible by endowment income from the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Located in the heart of Texas’s largest city, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is a dynamic cultural complex consisting of two museum buildings, two art schools, two decorative arts centers, and a sculpture garden.

With its encyclopedic collection and an exciting schedule of international loan exhibitions and award-winning programs, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is one of the premier destinations in the United States for art lovers. 
Speaker Christopher Lloyd,

The Royal Collection, Great Britain
Former Surveyor of The Queen´s Pictures


Fri, Feb. 19, 2010
7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77006