Aquatint engraving by George Hunt after the architect’s drawing by A H Wilds and published by C & R Sickelmore, 26 King’s Road, Brighton, c1825. The Athenaeum was a large conservatory planned to hold trees, palms and hothouse plants, together with a library, museum and reading room. It was never built – planned in 1825 and abandoned in 1827. The designer, Henry Phillips, then went on to build the ill-fated Anthaeum in Hove which dramatically collapsed in August 1833.
Illustrated in Fashionable Brighton 1820-1860 by Antony Dale. Country Life, 1947, opposite p 176.
Also illustrated in Brighton by Eric Underwood. Batsford, 1978, after p 80.
Also illustrated in The Victorian Development of the Clifton, Montpelier and Powis Estates of Brighton by Steve Myall. Pomegranate Press, 2008, p 152.
Images of Brighton 1216 and illustrated on page 118.
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