This print of The Viaduct, in commemoration of the opening throughout of the Brighton & London Railway, Sept 21st 1841


Aquatint after George Earp Junior, published 21 September 1841 by W H Mason, Repository of Arts, 81 King’s Road, Brighton. Mason adds the technical details: ‘37 Arches 30 feet span 100 feet high’. This date of publication coincided with the actual opening of Brighton Railway Station, and it seems reasonable to think that the train pictured on the viaduct is intended to portray the first one to arrive at Brighton from London. The viaduct crosses the River Ouse, is known today as the Ouse Valley or Balcombe Viaduct and was built by John Urpeth Rastrick, the designer of the viaduct over London Road, Brighton, with balustrade and eight Italianate pavilions by David Mocatta, the architect of Brighton Station.

The engraving shown is in the form of a letterheading.

In Descriptive Railway Hand-Book by George Bradshaw, 1863, he describes the viaduct as one of the finest in the kingdom.

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Viaduct at Balcombe

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