Will you sponsor the Banqueting Room Gallery?
Guests would retire to the Banqueting Room Gallery after a meal. This is one of the oldest parts of the building and stands on the site of the lodging house George rented in his early years in Brighton.
You can become a sponsor of this virtual room from £45. To find out why it’s so special listen to our Royal Pavilion curators discuss the Banqueting Room Gallery.
Sponsor this room
Become a Silver Sponsor with a donation of £45 or more. As a Silver Sponsor, you can add a message to be pinned to the virtual Banqueting Room Gallery.
Become a Gold Sponsor with a donation of £150 or more. As a Gold Sponsor you can add a message to the virtual Banqueting Room Gallery and will also receive a high quality photographic print of the room.
The print will be made by the local photographer who made these images, Jim Holden. Printed onto high quality photographic paper, this is a work of art that will acknowledge your support as a sponsor and provide an attractive picture for your for your home.
The print will be approximately A4 size and posted out to you following your donation.
Why sponsor this room?
Our Royal Pavilion curators Alexandra Loske and David Beevers explain why the Banqueting Room Gallery is so special.
‘So the Banqueting Gallery looks plainer than the rooms before and after the Banqueting Room and the Saloon but there’s a reason for that; it’s the oldest room in the building. So it’s roughly on the footprint of the first building that George rented here in Brighton and then of course extended out, he extended the building, but it’s also sort of palate cleanser. So imagine you had just been dining for hours in that spectacular room, the Banqueting Room, which is an assault on your senses. What do you do next? Will you go to the next room? So it’s a sequence and there you calm down a bit visually, but also in respect of what you do, so you sit down you speak to someone else, you have a liqueur or a smoke so it was designed to sort of calm the senses and it makes complete sense if you think about how you experience this building.’
‘Well, the aim of this room really was a contrast to the exoticism and extravagance of the Banqueting Room. It’s fairly low, it’s got low fairly low ceiling which is a paradox in a palace, palaces tend to have high ceilings and it was used for dancing and for card games and for reading. The embroidered couch against the wall there is where George himself would sit, preside as sort of Master of Ceremonies. The dancing is most interesting because you had to take the carpet up and you know, that would be quite a formidable operation. You have to take all the furniture out, take the carpet up and then the floor was chalked and what that means is that the chalk patterns which were often done by Robert Jones who was the chief decorative artist of the palace would consist of things like dragons or pagodas just done for the evening and the point of it was to stop dancers shoes slipping on the polished floor board. You didn’t dance on the carpet you danced on floorboard so the carpet had to be taken up, the floor was then chalked with these patterns to stop dancers slipping and also to indicate dance positions as well. So that was a major use of this room, but it was also used for taking tea, sandwiches, supper late in the evening and sort of reading.’