Last Saturday we met Alexandra at a party and were reminded that we have yet to look at her exhibition on Regency colour in the Royal Pavilion. Then we had dinner with Jackie’s sister, Marian, on Sunday. She was shocked to hear that we have not used her Christmas gift to us from 18 months ago – a free trip on the big wheel on the seafront.
So a plan was born – up early on Monday and at the Royal Pavilion before the throngs of summer visitors, and spend a bit of time studying Alex’s exhibition. Some very pleasing old books full of hand-coloured illustrations clearly showing that enthusiasm for and understanding of colour was a big thing in the later stages of the 18th and first half of the 19th centuries. In terms of our Royal Pavilion this comes over as a shift from Chinese-based designs and colours in the early 19th century designs of Frederick Crace, to the richer coloured designs of Robert Jones which came in just a few years later and made great use of early synthetic colours such as chrome yellow and Prussian blue. See more at this site.
We stopped for coffee on the terrace overlooking the gardens, then on to the big wheel. Only 50 metres up, but it does give pleasing and previously unseen views across the city, and along the coast.
Five trips around gave plenty of time to view it all.