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A view at Brighthelmstone

A view at Brighthelmstone

Artist: [Rowlandson, Thomas]

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Ktop XLII

Item number: 17 o

Genre: Topographical Print

In the early 18th century Brighton was a small fishing town with an eroding coastline and a declining population. By the later part of the century, however, it had become a popular resort for wealthy invalids, drawn to the area by the fashion for sea-bathing as a health restorative. Visitors commonly used bathing machines, such as those pictured, which were enclosed wagons boarded on the shore and then taken out to sea. The drawing is in the caricatured and knotty style associated with the works of Thomas Rowlandson.

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