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Regency architecture

The Regency style of Prince Regent, and also to later buildings following the same style. The period coincides with the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States and the French Empire style.[1]

The style follows closely on from the neo-classical wrought iron balconies and bow windows came into fashion as part of this style.

An instigator of this style was John Nash who designed the Regency terraces of Regent's Park and Regent Street in London. Excellent examples of Regency properties dominate Brighton and Hove in East Sussex; in particular in its Kemp Town and Brunswick (Hove) estates. In London itself there are many streets in the style in the areas around Victoria, Pimlico, Mayfair and other central districts. The town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire also provides many fine examples of Regency architecture and makes the claim to be "the most complete regency town in England".[2] The Cheltenham Synagogue is judged by Nikolaus Pevsner to be one of the architecturally "best" non-Anglican religious buildings in Britain.[3] Good illustrations of the Regency style can also be seen in Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, particularly in parts of The Parade, Clarendon Square and Landsdowne Circus.

The term Regency style is also applied to interior design and decorative arts of the period, typified by elegant furniture and vertically striped wallpaper, and to styles of clothing; for males, as typified by the dandy Beau Brummell, for women the Empire silhouette.

See also

External links

  • Regency Society, a Brighton & Hove group promoting preservation of Regency architecture
  • Regency style in furniture
  • "Regency Classicism Style Guide". British Galleries.  

References

  1. ^ The Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier, 1981, v. 9, p. 314
  2. ^ "Cotswolds Guide - Cheltenham". The Cotswolds Guide. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  3. ^ The Buildings of England, Nikolaus Pevsner, Penguin Books, 1951, p. 37
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