Join us in the Painted Hall for the first of our Autumn lecture series on Baroque murals in Britain.

King Louis XIV’s favourite artist, Charles Le Brun – the creator of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors – has often been described as a dictator of the arts in France, a statement which Wolf Burchard reassesses in his latest book. Le Brun was a gifted and versatile artist, an excellent painter and designer of tapestries, sculpture, architecture, and furniture. Burchard’s lecture will explore Le Brun’s different fields of activities, his relationship to the great monarch and how his work impacted on mural painters in Britain including James Thornhill, Louis Laguerre and Antonio Verrio.


Doors open at 6.30pm, with an opportunity to view Thornhill’s masterpiece up close on the observation deck before the talk begins at 7pm.

Cost: £15, £12 concessions (students, seniors (60+), unemployed)
Ticket price includes a glass of wine.


Lift access is available but must be pre-booked. Please call or email Matilde Martinetti to reserve or discuss any other access requirements: [email protected] or 020 8269 4723.

Speaker biography:

Dr Wolf Burchard is an art and architectural historian, and specialist on 17th and 18th century royal patronage. He is the National Trust’s Furniture Research Curator and was Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Collection Trust from 2009 to 2014.  He publishes and regularly lectures on art and architectural patronage at the British, French, and German courts.

The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV

Copies of The Sovereign Artist will be available for purchase and signing.