A display showcasing rare real and imagined images of the Royal Pavilion Estate was unveiled today at the Brighton Museum.
Open until 3 September, the ‘Visions of the Royal Pavilion Estate’ gallery features art dating back to the 1760s, as well as cutting-edge digital reconstructions of how the area might have looked.
According to curator Dr Alexandra Loske, “This display will survey the Royal Pavilion and its estate as it was and might have been, featuring rarely-seen views alongside discarded designs and recent digital re-creations. It will give visitors an opportunity to see unfamiliar, unusual and rare images, sourced almost exclusively from the city’s own archives and collections.”
Dr Loske, who sourced almost all the pieces on display from the city of Brighton & Hove’s own archives and collections, added: “We’re keen to really make use of the city’s incredible collections, and keep making new items available for the public to see.”
Highlights include images of the Estate before the Royal Pavilion was built, images of the Estate’s wartime use in the 20th century, and illustrations and cover designs for books like Malcolm Saville’s children’s adventure story The Long Passage (1954) and Georgette Heyer’s popular novel Regency Buck (1935).
Unrealised 1808 designs by Humphry Repton who George, as Prince of Wales, appointed to apply his romantic style to the Marine Pavilion and its grounds, will also be on display. They’ll be showcased alongside 1830s drawings by Joseph Henry Good, who was commissioned by William IV to survey the Royal Pavilion Estate and drew up around 200 architectural plans.
Although many of the features included Good’s plans are now lost, detailed digital 3D images of the lost areas and structures of the Estate have been created by RPM volunteer Colin Jones. They offer a new perspective on everyday life for staff on the estate.
It complements RPM’s parallel digitisation project, which will make Humphry Repton’s Designs for the Pavilion at Brighton (1808), John Nash’s The Royal Pavilion at Brighton (1826) and other rare and early books and maps available to the public online.
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