Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Chain Pier, Brighton c.1828

Artwork details

The Chain Pier, Brighton
Date c.1828
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 711 x 1365 mm
frame: 1001 x 1662 x 124 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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The Chain Pier shown here had only recently been completed. Both Turner and John Constable painted pictures of this pier, which was the most visible sign of Brighton’s status as a centre for modern trade and tourism.
This is a version of one of the four compositions Turner painted for the Carved Room at Petworth in Sussex, the great house belonging to the Earl of Egremont. The unusually long format was used so that the pictures would fit under full-length portraits. The subjects of these pictures reflected Egremont’s interests in local agriculture and commerce

August 2004

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