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

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.

The Royal Pavilion

Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

03000 290 900


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 24 Dec (from 2.30pm) & 25 – 26 Dec

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