Labour of love reveals Brighton and Hove’s history in art

Posted On 05 Sep 2014 at 5:39 pm

A local historian has spent time compiling scores of images of Brighton and Hove from the city’s fine art collection so they can be seen in one place for the first time.

Bathing Machines. Aquatint by Thomas Rowlandson, 1790

Bathing Machines. Aquatint by Thomas Rowlandson, 1790

Brighton Bits blogger Delia Ives has created a board on Pinterest to collate all local landscapes from the Royal Pavilion and Museums online fine art collection.

She said: “The collection contains over a thousand images covering a wide range of subjects, ie, portraits, still life, cartoons, landscapes, etc, and in the latter category there are 147 views of local topographical or historical interest.”

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Among the subjects are bathing machines on Brighton beach in 1790 (pictured), an execution of two soldiers near the town in 1795, an 1849 cricket match on what is now The Level, the Viaduct in 1841 and several images of the Chain Pier before it was destroyed by storms.

Click here to view the complete collection.

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