Royal Paintbox

From PBS - HRH The Prince of Wales reveals an extraordinary treasure trove of rarely seen art by members of the Royal Family past and present, exploring a colorful palette of intimate family memory and observation.
Margy Kinmonth
HRH The Prince of Wales
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Caryl WynterReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat charm, inspiring and informative
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Lovely, well-done documentary. I was impressed by several things: how good the artwork was by Prince Charles and several others in his family, the charm in his modest presentation and the filmaker's supportive narratives, the tracing of the artistic lines in his family coupled with his pointing out how this might crop up in others' family lines with encouragement and opportunity, his founding of a school for drawing and painting to encourage just that in Britain's children, the important lessons learned in deeper observation, etc.
an avid readerReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsA rare glimpse of art...
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I enjoyed this so much when I saw it on WCVE, I bought it to watch again. The ability to see and replicate is something I didn't learn until my twenties, as a scientist, and this video confirmed that children gifted with example and time can excel at the arts. Something not mentioned is that of course, the royals had time and resources to practice their art through the years. Other children (in earlier centuries) were working and struggling to eat. It's not good or bad, just what it is. The Prince of Wales, throughout the piece, is conversational, relaxed and interesting - quite open and even caring. A rare glimpse of something intimate in the lives of artists...highly recommended.
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SusanaReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsI was so elated to discover the artistic caring of ...
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I was so elated to discover the artistic caring of Prince Charles, Queen Victoria, King George and other members of the British royal family. The prince emphasized how important it was to "see" and appreciate the beauty of nature. It showed him sketching the countryside at Balmoral and expressing the awe of nature. There was such an expression of humility the likes of which I never would have otherwise imagined. Very genuine and heart warming indeed.
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Patty MReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017
1.0 out of 5 starsReally stunk.
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I thought this was really bad. It's mostly about Prince Charles' water colors and his voice put me to sleep (literally). I thought it would show some of the many art works done by very talented royals from the past, but instead you get one glimpse and the Charles compares his many paintings to that one painting. His ego is gigantic. SO if you need help falling asleep, rent this stinker.
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Noel C. BordenReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsRoyal talent
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This program was interesting and informative. Following the artistic heritage within the Royal Family was surprising, though it shouldn't have been. Learning that Mad King George had, in fact, been an amazing architectural artist before his illness overwhelmed him, intrigued me. Knowing that his children were isolated by his illness caused a ripple effect of his daughters becoming competent artists in their own right. True they had tutors, but skill is skill.
The current Prince of Wales is very talented in his own painting. I found it fun to see his own process.
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PatReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2015
4.0 out of 5 starsWhat and who are revealed most in this? Watch and see!
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This provides a very interesting look into the art created by many generations of the royal family, on both sides, and I thought of how very fortunate they are to have sketches and watercolors of places known and loved 200 years ago, by their family members, who spent time at many of the places we read about today. It also provides a glimpse of Charles that's rarely seen--he seems relaxed, obviously knows and loves these works, and seemed to genuinely enjoy speaking of them. He's a "bit dry", but much more avuncular than his more public persona.
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MATZReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2014
4.0 out of 5 starsWell, I Could Not Have Imagined!
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This little movie is a well produced gem of a documentary as one would expect it to be when the subject is the royal family. You get to see a rare view of the family's collection of personal items that consists of drawings, watercolors, and assorted craft items that go all the way back to Mary, Queen of Scots. It's as if we have been invited into assorted rooms in a palace to see some handmade items made by a friend's relatives. In this case, it's the hobby craft of an exclusive lot that reveals their private needs for self-expression, or in some cases, something to do before you get your head chopped off. But it's Charles, HRH, the Prince of Wales, who is our guide mostly, and we see this much maligned gentleman in his most relaxed and witty manner, chatting off the cuff and making us all feel very welcome. You see, they are humans too, much like the rest of us, but only slightly different.
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MLKReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsRoyal family of Hypocrisy
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How anyone can fawn over these people remains a mystery to me. The undeserved wealth and privilege is sickening. I had to turn it off when I heard he took, still takes?, an "unpaid" artist with him on his trips. Unpaid. Srsly?
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