Will you sponsor the South Gallery?
The South Gallery was used as a breakfast room. Although George never rose in time for breakfast, he was still keen that his guests could eat in style.
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 South 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 South Gallery.
Become a Gold Sponsor with a donation of £150 or more. As a Gold Sponsor you can add a message to the virtual South Gallery and will also receive a high quality photographic print of the room.
The print will be made from new photography by Jim Holden. Printed by Jim onto high quality Ilford photographic paper, this is a work of art that will acknowledge your support as a sponsor and provide an attractive picture 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 South Gallery is so special.
‘We are at the top of the building, the upper floor and the room has no windows, but it has a top light, and we know it was used as a breakfast room, a breakfast area. And I think it makes complete sense when you look at the colouring of that room. Again, it’s meant to look vaguely oriental, it’s got some bamboo pattern in the wallpaper. But also it’s drenched the whole room is drenched in this wonderful, shimmering sky blue and I think that’s because we are close to the sky. This is the upper floor, there is a skylight, and it is a breakfast room and it’s completely different blue to the one used downstairs. This one is a coppery blue called Blue Verditer and it gives that you know, if it gives an impression of the sky.’
‘These were linking rooms of course because on the left side looking here were the bedrooms of the Prince of Wales before the sequence of rooms downstairs was built. When the Pavilion was first built the bedrooms, you know, as usual were up on the first floor not on the ground floor. They were moved to the ground floor when George really became too large to manage the staircase. But when he was a young man the bedrooms were here and these rooms were used as breakfast rooms seems rather odd to us, doesn’t it? Because you know, the breakfast would have had been prepared quite a long way away and brought up here. And this is where, astounded they come out of their bedrooms because the rooms on the right-hand side of this which is now the William IV room were two bedrooms and people would have their breakfast and read newspapers and have coffee out on these rooms. And the idea of the rooms was to create a kind of garden arbor, it was like looking at the sky.’