Will you sponsor the Yellow Bow Rooms?
These guest bedrooms were used by the King’s brothers. They were decorated with a dazzling chrome yellow wallpaper.
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 Yellow Bow Rooms.
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 Yellow Bow Rooms.
Become a Gold Sponsor with a donation of £150 or more. As a Gold Sponsor you can add a message to the virtual Yellow Bow Rooms 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 Yellow Bow Rooms are so special.
‘These were guest rooms of the Pavilion and they’re surprisingly small, that’s got to do with the shape and the architecture of the Pavilion. But what is so wonderful about these, is the colour scheme so it’s important that the intense colours which sort of suggests other worlds or eastern cultures that sort of continues on the upper floors, even in the non-public areas, you know, the whole theme of orientalism continues and this yellow is so beautiful, intense and warm. Of course it’s meant to suggest, you know, the Chinese Imperial yellow, but what it is, is a brand new pigment that had just become available and yellows are quite difficult to source at least some vibrant yellows. So here comes a new chemical yellow and George is one of the first who picks this up and decides to use it not just in a painting but in designing a whole suite of rooms. So this is called chrome yellow and it had only just been commercially become available when these rooms were designed in the early 19th century and they glow, it’s a warm rich intense yellow.’
‘Living accommodation, bedroom accommodation in particular was pretty sparse in the Pavilion. There weren’t many bedrooms and when guests stayed, they tended to be either the King’s family like the Duke of York and Duke of Clarence who occupied these rooms and his daughter Princess Charlotte who occupied the room now occupied by the Indian Hospital display, other guests would be put up in town. But these rooms the Yellow Bow Room North and the Yellow Bow Room South as they’re called in the inventory, were occupied by his brothers. The Duke of York is in the Yellow Bow Room North and the Duke of Clarence in the Yellow Bow Room South. The Duke of York was Commander-in-Chief of the British army. He is thought to be and probably was the origin of the children’s nursery rhyme, the Grand Old Duke of York. The Duke of Clarence, Billy Clarence as he was called eventually became King William IV. He was the King’s brother and these two Royal Dukes occupied these rooms.’