Steel engraving by J Newman of 30 Budge Row, London, and published by S Ballard, 99 St James’s Street, Brighton. This is the first edition of the print: Ballard quickly went bankrupt, when William Grant took over his work, and the listing in Images of Brighton is under Grant’s imprint. Ballard is only listed with one entry – A View in Queens Park – Images of Brighton 1122. The print illustrated shows the New Steine just to the left of the Pier’s library, meeting room and the camera obscura tower. Then moving east along Marine Parade, the next break in the terrace of homes, a dark gateway, was Rock Mews, now Rock Place. Newman moved out of Budge Row c1843, and with Ballard’s quick bankruptcy, this print is c1844/45.
See all images of the Chain Pier and read more about its history on the Chain Pier Gallery page