A Perspective View of Brighthelmstone and of the Sea Coast as far as the Isle of Wight


This lithograph of the same image as BPC00492 is by Vincent Brooks. Printed by the lithographers Day & Son, published by John Beal, East Street, Brighton and illustrated in The History of Brighton and Environs by Henry Martin, Lambert’s first large copperplate engraving of 1765 was republished in 1817, in a similar size to the original. In about 1849 Arthur Wallis published a slightly smaller lithograph, and finally in 1871 this small Vincent Brooks bookplate was published.

Announcing the original copperplate publication, an advertisement in the Lewes Journal of 26 August 1765 read:

‘Proposals for a print of a View of Brighthelmstone and the Sea Coast as far as the Isle of Wight, from a Drawing taken on the spot by James Lambert, Painter, Lewes’.


The drawing shall be made very correct, and a print neatly engraved from it, two feet in length at least’

‘The price to subscribers will be five shillings …

‘That a painting of the View shall be made on canvas, about five feet by three feet’

‘Those who subscribe a Guinea shall have (together with a print) a chance for the painting …’

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