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The Royal Pavilion at Brighton

Nash, John

1826 / 1827
A deluxe copy of Nash's important work bound in contemporary morocco for presentation by King George IV.

Nash’s work is rightly aclaimed for the depiction of his Pavilion in wonderful plates. These plates are present in two states: uncoloured in outline only and coloured by hand and mounted on card within gilt and ink-ruled frames. The plates are usually bound in the volume in adjacent positions for comparison.

'It was in the year 1820, when engaged in building the Pavilion at Brighton, that Nash received the King's commands to produce a printed work that could be given as a souvenir to his royal guests. Nash requested Pugin to make the drawings, and the result was a volume of some importance. Each plate is in duplicate, the one being a delicate pen and ink outline drawing, the other a highly finished coloured aquatint ... '. (Prideaux).

[Abbey Scenery 62; BAL RIBA 2235; Prideaux pg. 149].
Folio. (522 x 430 mm). Leaf with engraved title and dedication 'To the King', leaf with list of plates and 61 plates on 55 leaves: 31 aquatint plates, each on card with colouring by hand within gilt and ink ruled frames, on 28 leaves (one large and folding) and 27 etched plates in outline on 24 leaves, where applicable bound en face to the colour version, 3 additional plates present only in outline without corresponding colour versions as issued, several plates printed on India paper; plate 17 is a proof version (see below). (Sheet size: c.504 x 415 mm). Contemporary aubergine straight-grained morocco, boards ruled in gilt enclosing elaborate decorative tooling in blind with central gilt vignette, the arms of King George IV, banded spine with gilt title and decorative tooling in six compartments, board edges with gilt tooling, turn-ins with elaborate gilt decoration, red endpapers, a.e.g.

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