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Detail of the Banqueting Room in the 1820s, taken from Nash's views of the Royal Pavilion 

Detail of the Banqueting Room in the 1820s,

taken from Nash's views of the Royal Pavilion

Colour in the Royal Pavilion 

Why were the original interiors of the Royal Pavilion so brightly coloured?



Clear tints of primary colours were in vogue in the early 19th century. The fashion for this colourful palette distinguised the Regency period from the pale neo-classical decorations favoured by the previous generation. The use of colour was inspired by the arts of China, which were admired and collected by George IV.



His English decorators echoed the range of colours seen in Chinese export paintings, wallpapers, ceramics and silks. Exploration of antique sites in Italy and Greece had shown that classical civilisations also made extensive use of primary colours.

A detail from a hand painted Chinese export paper

 
   

A detail from a handpainted Chinese export paper.

 

 

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