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120 items return to Brighton Pavilion on loan

Long Gallery

A hand coloured print depicting a view of the gallery in the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. For an earlier state see RCIN 708000.af. Plate 15 of the reissue of Nash's original publication of illustrations of the exterior and interiors

Pavilion, Gallery in its present state, looking towards the Music Room.

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George’s taste for the oriental and the exotic was partly inspired by his mother, Queen Charlotte. As a little boy he would have seen Chinese nodding figures like the ones displayed here in his mother’s sitting room in Buckingham House (later Buckingham Palace).

Also returned to the Long Gallery is part of a suite of Indian furniture from c.1770, which originally belonged to Queen Charlotte. After her death in 1818 the chairs were sold. They were bought by George and displayed here in the Long Gallery. The monstrous dragon-like heads with curled trunks, bulging eyes and fanged mouths make the chairs especially appropriate for the Royal Pavilion.

Probably Chinese

Stand

Vizagapatam [India]

Set of side chairs

Vizagapatam [India]

Pair of armchairs

Vizagapatam [India]

Settee