CollectionGeorge IV's Bills
TitleGeorge IV's Privy Purse Accounts relating to furniture, lustres, clocks and linens
Date1783 - 1830
DescriptionThese two boxes of accounts concern the expenditure of George IV [as Prince of Wales and Prince Regent] on furniture, lustres, lamps, clocks and linens in the years 1783 to 1830. The documents comprise bills issued by individuals and companies, either directly to the King or a member of his household, and in the majority of cases include a receipt of payment. Amongst these accounts are a small number of bills relating to purchases made by Caroline, Princess of Wales, between 1805 and 1809.
In addition, there is also correspondence concerning the installation of gaslighting at both Brighton Pavilion and Carlton House.
Extent367 documents [2 boxes]
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript papers
Admin HistoryIn his will, George IV instructed his executors to review his papers and to preserve or destroy them as they saw fit. George IV's collection of bills survived, along with other papers of the King and his father George III, and were placed in the basement of Apsley House, the London residence of the Duke of Wellington, George IV's principal executor, labelled ''To be destroyed unread'. Fortunately, this instruction was never carried out and the fourth Duke of Wellington was able to present the papers to George V. In 1914 the Georgian papers became one of the first collections to be placed in the newly created Royal Archives.
ArrangementGeorge IV's Privy Purse accounts cover the years 1783 to 1830, and provide a meticulous record of the King's purchases throughout his life. The entire collection of these accounts will be digitised and catalogued as part of the Georgian Papers Programme, which is due for completion in 2020.
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