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Furniture History - George IV 1820 - 1830

George IV like all Hanoverian kings had poor relations with his father who disapproved of his dissolute lifestyle and extravagance. He secretly and illegally married a Roman Catholic commoner in 1785, but was bribed to marry a suitable German Princess in 1795. As Regent, he presided over the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. He was an impressive patron of the arts and architecture and an important collector throughout his life, notably building the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. His only child Princess Charlotte predeceased him, so he was succeeded by his brother William.