Steel engraving by Edward Finden after Thomas Creswick RA. Published by Charles Tilt, 86 Fleet Street, London, 1837, in his volume Views of Ports and Harbours, Watering Places and other picturesque objects on the English Coast.
The artist is standing near the Royal Crescent and is looking down Marine Parade where Wyndham Street, Grafton Street and Rock Gardens join the seafront. The Chain Pier is in the distance. On the shore line can be seen two bathing machines. In the Brighton Directory of 1800 is noted ‘The Sea Bathing from the Machines, both at the East and the West End of the Town, is particularly safe and pleasant – the expense is 1s.’
Thomas Creswick RA (1811–1869), born in Sheffield, was a leading member of the Birmingham School of Landscape Painters. His paintings can be found in the Fitzwilliam Museum, The Tate in London and Manchester City Art Gallery, among others.
Illustrated in Old Brighton A Collection of Prints, Paintings and Drawings by Eileen Hollingdale. George Nobbs Publishing, 1979, p 53.
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