Aquatint engraving by J C Stadler after Humphry Repton, published by Stadler, Villiers Street, Strand, London, 1 May 1808. Originally published with an overslip, the image was engraved from Repton’s 1808 manuscript, in the Royal Collection, entitled Designs for the Pavilion at Brighton. In A History of the Royal Pavilion by Henry Roberts, the author notes that Repton made no detailed ground plans for the Prince Regent’s new Pavilion, rather he concerned himself with the surrounding grounds and gardens.
Humphry Repton (1752-1818), author and landscape designer, published designs with overlays giving a ‘before and after’ impression. After Capability Brown’s death in 1783, Repton was keen to fill the gap but the Napoleonic Wars made for difficult economic times. Apart from the Royal Pavilion, he worked at Woburn Abbey, Tatton Park, Harewood House and Longleat Gardens. Repton’s system of ‘overlays’, with the ‘before and after’ views, has given the Brighton historian unique images of the Pavilion plans at the turn of the 19th century.