Visions of the Royal Pavilion Estate

This exhibition has now closed, but this page remains as a legacy.

The digital interactive that featured in the exhibition can be accessed at:

14 March to 10 December 2017
Prints & Drawings Gallery 

This display showcases rarely-seen views of the Royal Pavilion Estate dating back to the 1760s, as well as cutting-edge digital reconstructions of how it might have looked. Illustrations from the earliest printed books about the estate sit beside unrealised designs, early municipal maps and 20th century plans and images. Almost all the images on display are sourced from the city’s collections and archives.

Image of Royal Pavilion Estate by Clem Lambert

Highlights include:

  • Images of the Estate before the Royal Pavilion was built, and early designs commissioned by the Prince RegentBrighton Museums, Prints, plans, Jane Austen, 2016 by Henry Holland (1801, Marine Pavilion)
  • Unrealised designs by Humphry Repton (published 1808), who George, as Prince of Wales, appointed to apply his romantic style to the Marine Pavilion and its grounds.
  • Lost drawings and aquatints that give a lively impression of the Royal Pavilion Estate in the 18th and 19th centuries, and early popular guide books.
  • Depictions of fashionable Georgian society in and around the Estate, in rare watercolours, prints and drawings.
  • 1830s drawings by Joseph Henry Good, who was commissioned by William IV to survey the Royal Pavilion Estate and drew up around 200 architectural plans. Detailed plans of now-lost servants’ quarters and the area around the South Gate will give a new perspective on everyday life for staff on the estate.
  • Detailed digital 3D images of lost areas and structures of the Royal Pavilion Estate by RPM volunteer Colin Jones, largely based on the Good plans (will be created online alongside this display).
  • Photography of the Estate’s use in the 20th century, including images from World War II and never-before-seen inter-war designs for the Royal Pavilion Garden.
  • Real and imagined views of the estate, including illustrations and cover designs for books like Malcolm Saville’s children’s adventure story The Long Passage (1954) and Georgette Heyer’s popular novel Regency Buck (1935).

Visions of the Royal Pavilion Estate formed part of the Royal Pavilion & Museums’ Regency Season in 2017, which  also included Jane Austen by the Sea (on until 8 Jan 2018) at the Royal Pavilion and Constable and Brighton (now closed) at Brighton Museum.

Free with museum admission, members and residents free

Please note the display has been extended to 10 December 2017.

Also in our Regency Season

Constable and Brighton – Brighton Museum

Jane Austen by the Sea – Royal Pavilion

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