Regency Colour and Beyond, 1785–1850


Regency, colour, Brighton, Royal, Pavilion
Title page from George Field: Chromatography, 1841.
Private collection

Start: 15th June 2013

End:  13th October 2013

Categories: Exhibitions

This exhibition is now closed


The Pavilion is enriched with the most magnificent ornaments and the gayest and most splendid colours; yet all is in keeping and well relieved.
J.D. Parry, An Historical and Descriptive Account of the Coast of Sussex, 1833

In Regency times, visitors to George IV’s Royal Pavilion were astonished at the flamboyant colours in the exotic interiors of the palace.  These new temporary displays in the Royal Pavilion explore the interior décor and Regency understandings of colour.  Revealing the palace’s innovative and radical use of colour during the Regency period, visitors can discover why certain colours were used and how their use here continues to influence us through the ages.

Objects on display include Regency colour materials, charts and books from the 18th century and early 19th century, beautiful wallpaper fragments from the Royal Pavilion, and objects such as a Regency artist’s paint box and jars of pigments. Also on show are prints and a new film piece created for Regency Colour by contemporary artist Stig Evans. You can read more about some of the works in the exhibition on our blog.

Regency Colour is part of Out of the Blue-Waide, a collaborative project involving six organisations in Brighton & Hove and Amiens (France), funded by the Interreg IVa Channel programme. It is the second of three exhibitions in Brighton & Hove as part of this programme. The others are Into the Blue at Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 6 July 2013 to 21 January 2014 and The Blue Route at Fabrica, which took place from 6 April to 27 May 2013. 

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