Turner in Brighton

Event Details

Start: 2 November 2013
End:  2 March 2014
Categories: Exhibitions

This exhibition centres on the recent acquisition of J M W Turner’s watercolour Brighthelmston, Sussex (1824).

Photo of Brighthelmston, JMW Turner, c1824
Brighthelmston, JMW Turner, c1824

Capturing Brighton’s history as a seaside resort, this painting had previously been out of sight in private ownership for over 100 years. In January 2012 the work was put up for auction, and the Royal Pavilion & Museums successfully acquired it, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation.

The exhibition celebrates the acquisition of Brighthelmston, Sussex by showing how Turner and his contemporaries perceived the town at the height of its development in the 1820s, during the reign of George IV. 

Loans from national galleries such as Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum and private collectors will provide the context for Brighthelmston, Sussex.

Story Drop app

You can learn more about Brighton in J M W Turner’s time with our Story Drop. Available as a free download for Android devices and iPhones and iPads, the app features a Turner in Brighton tour, written by Dr Sue Berry, author of Georgian Brighton.


Further resources

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