I recently gave a speech at my local Toastmasters’ group about one of my favourite Regency buildings – the Brighton Pavilion. I called it: “A litter of cupolas”.
The title comes from a quote by William Wilberforce about the Brighton Pavilion:
“It looks very much as if St Paul’s had come down to the sea and left behind a litter of cupolas!”
|St. Paul's from D Hughson's London (1806) and Brighton Pavilion|
My speech transports the listener back in time to experience the Pavilion in its heyday. I recorded my speech and illustrated it with pictures in PowerPoint and then converted it into a YouTube video.
I hope you enjoy it. Please let me have your feedback. This is my first attempt and I am anxious to improve.
Read more about George IV and Brighton Pavilion.
Sources used include:
Feltham, John, A Guide to all the Watering and Sea-bathing Places (1815)
Hughson, David, London; being an accurate history and description of the British Metropolis and its neighbourhood Volume IV (1806, London)
Moule, Thomas, Great Britain Illustrated, a series of original views (1830)
Nash, John, Views of the Royal Pavilion with commentary by Gervase Jackson-Stops (1991)
Wilberforce, Robert, Isaac and Samuel, The Life of William Wilberforce (John Murray, 1839)
British Museum website
Photographs by Andrew Knowles - www.flickr.com/photos/dragontomato