Built in three stages, the current appearance of Brighton Pavilion is the work of John Nash, the favourite architect of the Prince Regent, later George IV. But why, asks Robinson, was the Prince so taken with Chinese and oriental architecture?
The historian believes the ‘whole extravagance of Brighton Pavilion’ could have grown out of the Prince being given some Chinese wallpaper, which he originally planned to decorate one room with. Decoration of this spectacular oriental-style palace, located near the seafront of the fashionable town on England’s south coast, continued until the 1820s. The interior is described as the ‘masterpiece’ of its decorator John Crace. ‘The influence is highly eclectic, and this is part of the fun,’ says Robinson, ‘they let their imagination flow.’
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