Saloon at the Marine Pavilion (from An Excursion to Brighthelmstone, made in the year 1789)

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One of a set of eight aquatints devoted to a journey from London to Brighthelmstone (Brighton), together with attractions of the seaside resort, this print represents an ornate oval interior in the Prince of Wales's residence. Related text tells us that the building is, "admirably calculated for the summer residence of the royal personage for whom it was built; and whose munificence and affability endear him to all who are not biased by party, blinded by prejudice, or hostile to dignified merit. This pavilion, correctly designed, and elegantly executed, was begun and completed in five months.–The furniture is adapted with great taste to the stile [sic] of the building. This grand saloon is beautifully decorated with paintings by Rebecca, executed in his best manner. The tout ensemble of the building is, in short, perfect harmony. The whole was executed by Mr. Holland, under the immediate inspection and direction of Mr. Weltjie, whose attachment to his royal master was faithful and disinterested."

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