On Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, from 3-4pm, the Mint Museum will host a lecture titled King George and Queen Charlotte: A Royal Marriage, presented by Vivien E. Dietz. The lecture will be held in the Van Every Auditorium at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC. The program is presented as a part of the Mint’s celebration of Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation, an exhibition on display at the Mint Randolph until Oct. 28, 2012.
Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation combines works of art from the museum’s permanent collection, including paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts, with loans from private collections to highlight the Queen’s accomplishments as a devoted mother, a significant patron of the arts, and a loyal consort to King George III (1738-1820; reigned 1760-1820).
The Mint Museum is pleased to pay tribute to the City of Charlotte’s namesake with Celebrating Queen Charlotte’s Coronation, in particular because this year includes other important anniversaries being celebrated by the museum. On Sept. 2, 2011, the exhibition Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections, a major retrospective of the work of Charlotte native Romare Bearden (1911-1988), opened at the Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, on the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth. In October 2011, the museum begins a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary marking its rich history as the oldest art museum in North Carolina. Exciting exhibitions and programs are being planned in conjunction with this year-long celebration.
Two hundred fifty years ago, 17-year old Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the namesake of the City of Charlotte, left her tight-knit family and traveled for nine days across the turbulent North Sea until she landed at Harwich on the eastern coast of England. The next day she arrived at St. James’s Palace in London, where she was introduced to her future husband, King George III, on the eve of their wedding. They were married on 8 September 1761, and two weeks later, on 22 September 1761, Charlotte was crowned Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.
Vivien E. Dietz, PhD, an associate professor and the director of humanities at Davidson College, will explore the marriage of King George and Queen Charlotte, who were notable patrons of the arts and devoted parents.
For more information call the Museum at 704/337-2021 or visit (www.mintmuseum.org).