In England during the first decade of the nineteenth century George, the Prince Regent’s interest in architecture and interior design served as a catalyst for the enthusiasm of his subjects. To promote his innovative ideas in 1811, the Prince opened his home Carlton House to the public. 30,000 visitors flocked to see it in one day. His preference for a stronger interpretation of classical ornament and form was new. The lighter earlier French style he had employed now came under fire because England was at war with France. The demolition of Carlton House in 1826-7 constituted one of the greatest losses in English royal and architectural history. It is said the ghost of so much vanished magnificence, still haunts the eastern end of Pall Mall. Among the survivors, the portico of the Prince Regent’s Carlton House now fronts the National Gallery at London.
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.