|The Chain Pier, Brighton by J M W Turner RA, 1775 -1851|
This wonderful watercolour, painted shortly after the Pier was completed in 1823, has only recently surfaced after many years in a private collection. Apart from being a spirited seascape, in the background can be made out many fascinating details of the early 19th century town; the Royal Pavilion and the Royal Albion Hotel both, at that time, only recently completed, and on the hill behind, St. Nicholas Church and Vine's mill. On the seafront to the left can be seen Lamprell's circular baths, later Brill's baths, demolished in 1870 when grander premises were built between East Street and Pool Valley.
The painting is being auctioned by Christie's, New York on January 26th. Estimated price $300,000 -$500,000.
It really belongs in Brighton Museum . . .