Organised by the Sussex Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Georgian Exotic Creatures at The Royal Pavilion

Guided Tour | The Royal Pavilion

Tuesday 2 February 2016 - 10:30 until 11:30

This new exhibition explores how animals considered exotic by the Georgians and early Victorians were depicted, kept and presented. These include animals and ‘political beasts’ of the period, a rarely seen picture of the UK’s first living giraffe and satirical prints.

The arrival of exotic animals influenced fashion and the decorative arts in Britain, with giraffe-patterned wallpaper, teapots and fabrics becoming hugely popular in the late 1820s.

The Royal Pavilion tells this story, along with that of ensuing travelling menageries in Britain, through satirical prints and sculptural pieces, as well as a never-before-displayed painting of liger cubs (offspring of a lion and a tigress) bred at the royal zoo in 1824.

This tour will be led by the curator, Dr Alexandra Loske, an art historian, curator and editor, who has sourced significant loans from the V&A, the British Museum, the Royal Collection Trust and private collections.

This event has been organised by the Sussex Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

The Royal Pavilion

Meeching, 4-5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE

Entry details

£17 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits)

To book, please contact Dina Thorpe on

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)