Brighton & The Chain Pier from the Pier Head.
Published by Wm. Tuppen Royal Marine Library Brighton [n.d., c.1830].
Hand-coloured lithograph, sheet 225 x 350mm. 9 x 13¾". A generally good impression in fine, contemporary colour; glued to album page.
A group of male and female figures on the pier at Brighton, Sussex, with a few of the structure and the beach and town beyond. The Royal Suspension Chain Pier was designed by Capt. Samuel Brown and opened in 1823, costing £30,000. From 1825 steam packet boats offered excursions to the Isle of Wight from the pier. However the exposed nature of Brighton beach meant that the pier was damaged by storms in 1824, 1833 and 1836. It was overshadowed by the opening of the West Pier in 1866, and remained open until 1896, when a survey found the head was nearly seven feet off perpendicular. Another storm destroyed it later in the year.
Ford 'Images of Brighton' 298.
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