Will you sponsor the Long Gallery?
The Long Gallery gave visitors their first taste of the extravagance of the Royal Pavilion. Linking the main state rooms, guests would promenade and show off their expensive clothes.
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 Long 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 Long Gallery.
Become a Gold Sponsor with a donation of £150 or more. As a Gold Sponsor you can add a message to the virtual Long 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 Long Gallery is so special.
‘Well, this is the Long Gallery and it’s kind of the spine of the building, it runs from north to south and it is the area that connects everything on the ground floor, which is of course the main area of the Royal Pavilion and it was an in-between space. It was meant to give visitors the impression that they’re between the outside and the inside, so it looks a bit like a courtyard and maybe the Chinese courtyard at sunset, it has that pinkish colour on the walls and again, it’s full of interesting things, it makes you wonder what’s behind the other doors? What will come next? It’s full of exotic looking things, a lot of them were exports from the Far East. You would have been waiting there for the next thing that evening, either for the king to come down and greet you or to go to dinner. While you were waiting you could have been talking about some of the things in that room, a nodding figure or beautifully carved furniture, that doesn’t quite look European so you would have been wondering where it came from, an interesting clock, a huge chandelier that looks a bit too big for that room, you could wonder why is it quite so big? So it is a room full of objects that make you talk and wonder.’
‘Well, it’s over a hundred sixty feet and it’s long because the idea of the architect John Nash was to an extent to recreate an Elizabethan long gallery. So it’s a kind of revival of a form that was common in concurrent in England in the 16th century and it’s long also because this room was used for people to sort of parade up and down, to walk up and down. It sounds a bit odd to us, but a huge amount of money was spent on clothes in the early 19th century. And the smart aristocratic people that visited the Pavilion wanted to make sure that people could see the very smart, very expensive, very luxurious clothes they were wearing and so they paraded up and down this room, talking, chattering, sitting down, reading books and whatnot, but it was to be seen to be seen in really and to parade up and down.’