Turner in Brighton

The Royal Pavilion

2 November 2013 – 2 March 2014

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Works by Turner and his contemporaries capture the history of the Sussex seaside resort.

Brighthelmston, Sussex, JMW Turner, circa 1824

JMW Turner made several trips to Brighton during the 1820s, observing the town through the stages of its redevelopment into a fashionable holiday resort. 

A visit in 1824 allowed the artist to take in many recently completed features, such as the Royal Pavilion, the Albion Hotel and the Chain Pier – the first of Brighton's three piers.

On display are a series of watercolours, oil paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and prints which document Turner's impressions of the city, shown alongside works by John Constable, William Daniell and John Nash.

There is also a chance to see four of the artist's sketchbooks containing the drawings he made during his visits to Brighton and surrounding areas of Sussex.

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The Royal Pavilion makes a fitting backdrop for the exhibition as the palace, a former seaside residence of George IV, is depicted in Turner's Brighthelmstone. 

A central aspect of the exhibition, the watercolour was bought last year with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation.

Although it was briefly put on show last year immediately after the purchase, this is the first time it has been shown alongside other works by Turner after being in private ownership for more than 100 years. 

Venue information

Opening times

1 Apr – 30 Sep
Daily, 9.30am – 5.45pm (last admission 5.15pm)

1 Oct – 31 Mar
Daily, 10am – 5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Closed 25 – 26 Dec

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)