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REPTON, Humphry.

Designs for the Pavillon [sic] at Brighton

humbly inscribed to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

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London, For J.C. Stadler, 1808

In 1805 Repton visited the Prince of Wales (from 1810, Prince Regent and from 1820 George IV) to present him with a Red Book for the Brighton Pavilion. Repton's Red Books illustrated 'before and after' designs which he presented to clients so that they might better understand his intentions. The Prince was so delighted that he said he would proceed immediately with the plan with no alterations whatsoever. Needless to say the designs were never carried through and Repton's concept remained on paper only. Repton's business partnership with the architect John Nash also broke down. After this Nash was awarded the commission to transform the pavilion.

The original idea of turning a marine pavilion into an Indian-inspired extravaganza was Repton's, influenced by the vogue for all things Indian inspired by William Hodges' Views of India (1786) and William Daniell's Views of Oriental Scenery (1795). Repton saw a good business opportunity in

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First edition; folio (52.5 x 37 cm); twenty aquatints, comprising uncoloured frontispiece and 8 plates (one tinted sepia plate, seven hand-coloured, including 2 double-page), five with overslips (two of the five with two overslips each), and eleven vignettes (one tinted in sepia and three hand-coloured), two with overslips, occasional marks and finger-soiling to some margins, the final folding pate with neat repair to fold, modern quarter morocco over marbled boards, a very good copy.


Abbey (Scenery), 55; Tooley 396.

Stock ID:101705

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