To The Kings Most excellent Majesty under the Patronage of His Royak Highness the Price of Wales This View of the Pavilion and Steyne at Brighton with the Promenade [...]
London, Pub July 28 1806 by C. Richards 349 Strand West.r.
Coloured aquatint. Framed, sight size 430 x 700mm, 17 x 27½". Unexamined out of frame.
A fine view of the Royal Pavilion and Steyne, with the Promenade filled with portraits of the people that made Brighton the most fashionable resort of the period, drawn by the miniaturist William Marshall Craig. Besides the Prince of Wales and his aide, Benjamin Bloomfield, on horseback, these portraits are copied from Robert Dighton without acknowledgement, include the Duke of Grafton, the Earl of Berkeley, the Earl of Craven, William Dalrymple, Sir John Lade and Martha Gunn, the famous Brighton 'dipper' (an operator of the bathing machines used by women bathers). On the right is Donaldson's Circulating Library: it has opened only the month before publication, on the southern corner of what was to become St James's Street. There had been a library and bookseller on the site since 1760. The Prince of Wales appointed Donaldson as his bookseller and librarian.
Ford: Images of Brighton n.396 and extensive description in the chapter 'Prospects', p. 32; 'rare and dazzling aquatint'.
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