• 25 November 2016
  • 12:29 – 2:00 pm
  • Seminar Room, Paul Mellon Centre

Contemporary accounts of Regency Brighton celebrated its transformation, largely thanks to the presence of George IV, from a ‘dirty little fishing town’ to ‘the most fashionable resort in the kingdom’. Post-1830, with the King now dead and the onset of economic crisis, Brighton’s pre-eminence came under threat. This paper will consider Regency Brighton, a time of ‘exuberance’ pictured by artists such as Turner and Constable, in relation to the period that followed. It will consider the ways in which decay, development and the advent of the railway combined to both complicate and consolidate Brighton’s relationship with the metropolis, produce new ways of visualising the seaside town in the process.

Image credit: George Cooke, 1781–1834, Brighthelmstone, Sussex, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

About the speaker

  • Headshot of Amy Concannon

    Amy Concannon is Manton Senior Curator, Historic British Art at Tate, where she oversees holdings including Constable, Blake and Turner and has curated a range of exhibitions including Turner’s Modern World (2020), William Blake (2019) and Late Turner (2014). Her PhD thesis (2018) used Constable as a starting point to explore the visual culture of the urban landscape in the early 1800s, focusing on Salisbury, Bristol, Brighton and Lambeth. Before joining Tate in 2012 she worked at Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, where she is now a Trustee.