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15 July 2019Two Great Collectors and a Dastardly Disperser: Kings Charles I & II and Oliver Cromwell
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Two Great Collectors and a Dastardly Disperser: Kings Charles I & II and Oliver Cromwell Oliver Everett Monday 15 July 2019

King Charles I was a spectacular collector of art. In the words of Francis Haskell, Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University for 28 years until 1995, Charles I owned “the finest collection of pictures ever assembled in this country”. Of the 140 items in the Charles I exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2017-18, 89 were from the Royal Collection, for which I worked for 18 years. My lecture shows many of his best acquisitions, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, Holbein and many others. But then alas there was a hiccup - Charles I was executed and Oliver Cromwell sold a lot of his collection in what today might be called two huge car boot sales.

The restored King Charles II managed to retrieve a lot of his father’s collection and was a great collector in his own right. He added, for example, 600 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and 80 by Holbein; and paintings by Titian, Veronese and Bruegel; and ravishing portraits by Sir Peter Lely of the royal family and mistresses. He commissioned Antonio Verrio to produce superb murals and ceiling paintings at Windsor Castle. And he also had made dazzling new Crown Jewels.

Oliver Everett was educated at Cambridge University and did post graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA; and at the London School of Economics. Following service in the Foreign Office, including postings in India and Spain, he was Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales,1978-80; and then Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales, 1981-3. He was Librarian in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, 1984 2002. He is now Librarian Emeritus following his retirement in 2002. He wrote the official guidebook and audio tour on Windsor Castle, taught a course on its history and advised on a television programme about it. He wrote articles on the Royal Library and helped with two books on aspects of the Royal Collection. He is advising on a possible history series for television. He lectures widely in Britain and abroad and also on cruise ships.