This book considers the life of Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707-51), who established himself as Britain's greatest royal collector between Charles I and George IV. He first acquired many of the finest works of art in the present-day Royal Collection, but gained notoriety as "Poor Fred", known primarily for having predeceased his father, George II, after his 24 years as heir to the throne. The late Dr. Frances Vivian's biography examines Frederick's role as an outstanding connoisseur and exhibits in detail for the first time his architectural commissions and his patronage of a wide spectrum of the arts.
The late Frances Vivian contributed numerous articles and essays to academic publications including the Burlington Magazine and Italian Studies. Roger White lectures regularly to the conservation courses at the Architectural Association in London, and at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
List of Illustrations; Abbreviations; Preface by Hon. Lady Roberts; Editor's Foreword and Acknowledgements; 1. The House of Hanover; 2. Royal Quarrel and Family Reconciliation; 3. Frederick and Hanover; 4. Frederick in England; 5. Frederick's Early Patronage; 6. Friendship, Love, and Marriage; 7. Politics and Family Rivalry; 8. Frederick's Houses and Household; 9. Frederick and the Opposition; 10. Frederick and the Connoisseurs; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.