Adam Busiakiewicz Patron, Painter, Poet – A Georgian Earl of Warwick
Time has not been kind to the legacy of George Greville (1746-1816), 2nd Earl of Warwick. Although his life has been described as ‘an example of misguided aristocratic ambition’, this greatly misunderstood Georgian Earl was, in fact, guided by a ferocious artistic spirit.
A significant patron to British artists – and subsidising many Grand Tours – George Greville was also a talented amateur poet and painter of watercolours. His vision was to transform Warwick Castle into a treasure box, and in so doing, he filled it with valuable pictures by the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. His improvements to the interiors – and exterior – of his castle eventually led, however, to a humiliating bankruptcy.
This talk by art historian, Adam Busiakiewicz, will reassert George Greville’s aesthetic achievements, redressing a reputation sadly dismantled and disfigured since his death.
Book Tickets: £7.00
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