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Exotic domes and minarets only hint at the splendours inside

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Wallpaper eighteenth century

Painted wallpaper | RCIN 9399

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Faintly etched outline, heavily overpainted, showing a detailed interior view of the Salon at Brighton Pavilion, showing four figures in the middle ground centre.

Brighton Pavilion, Saloon. ©

This jasmine-yellow, hand-painted wallpaper depicting many kinds of coloured birds was supplied in 1817 by Frederick Crace for the Saloon at the Royal Pavilion. It was described in the Crace ledgers as a ‘very fine set of India Paper, green ground, coloured flowers, birds, etc.’

The wallpaper can be seen as it was intended, set within a gold, cream and crimson chinoiserie decorative scheme in Augustus Charles Pugin’s (1762–1832) watercolour of the Saloon.