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Exotic domes and minarets only hint at the splendours inside

John Samuel Agar (active 1770)

Pavilion, Music Room.

published 1838

Etching with aquatint and hand colouring | RCIN 708000.ai

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This hand coloured print depicts a view of John Nash’s Music Room at the Royal Pavilion. Nash claimed to have controlled the acoustics in the room with a ‘new theory of sound’. The acoustics were vitally important as it was here that George IV’s band would have entertained his guests with selections from Handel or Italian opera.

Rossini visited the Pavilion on 20 December1823 and is possibly depicted in this image, directing members of the royal band in selections from his operas.