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In the early nineteenth century Brighton emerged as a popular and fashionable tourist site, especially for Londoners looking for an escape from the increasingly crowded and dirty city.

This print, from the series Picturesque Views on the South Coast of England 1811–26, shows the view towards the Brighton sea front, with the new chain pier prominent in the foreground. Also visible is the Royal Pavilion, completed in 1823, and the Marine Parade, still under construction when this print was issued. 

August 2004