Sussex ArtBeat

Art on show in Brighton and Hove & East and West Sussex

Art Show: Exotic Creatures ** 14 Nov 2015 – 28 Feb 2016 ** Royal Pavilion

Three ‘liger’ cubs bred between a lion and a tigress at the Royal Menagerie, Sandpit Gate, Windsor Great Park, October 1824, Attr. to Richard Barrett Davis, c1824-1830.


This exhibition explores animals in the Royal Collection, menageries and early zoos, and political beasts in the period 1750 to 1850. Discover the fascinating story of the first living giraffe in the UK, given to George IV as a diplomatic gift in 1827, plus the history of travelling menageries performing in London and Brighton, and other exotic creatures.

Works on show include satirical prints and original menagerie bills, sculptural and ceramic pieces including a bronze rhinoceros and colourful Staffordshire figures, as well as paintings and archival material. A painting of liger cubs presented to George IV will be on public display for the first time.

Families can enjoy the exhibition’s hands-on and playful approach and children are challenged to complete the Royal Pavilion Creature Trail. (Purchase at admission desk). Can you find the dragons, serpents and birds as you explore the Royal Pavilion on your way to the Exotic Creatures exhibition?

14 November 2015 to 28 February 2016

Prince Regent Gallery
Admission payable, members free 

Source: Exotic Creatures | Royal Pavilion

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