Travel to United Kingdom: Brighton: the Royal Pavilion: Photo 5
It was an "opium dream," according to John Morley in The Making of the Royal Pavilion Brighton, 1984, p. 22. The allusion seems to be to Coleridge's "Kubla Khan," which was published in 1816, while this building, or at least its exotic final stages, came up between 1815 and 1822. The architect was John Nash, who had a special rapport with the prince. The result here has been mocked almost since the day the building was finished. According to one recent pair of critics, the parapets are "fairly sprinkled with little finials" (Nicholas Antram and Richard Morrice, Brighton and Hove, 2008, p. 34). To make matters worse, underneath all the trim was a fine British frame of iron.
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