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J M W Turner, Brighthelmston, Sussex 1824 

J M W Turner, Brighthelmston, Sussex 1824

Turner in Brighton 

2 November 2013 to 2 March 2014
Royal Pavilion, Prince Regent Gallery

Admission payable, members free

This exhibition centres on the recent acquisition of J M W Turner’s watercolour Brighthelmston, Sussex (1824).

Capturing Brighton’s history as a seaside resort, this painting had previously been out of sight in private ownership for over 100 years. In January 2012 the work was put up for auction, and the Royal Pavilion & Museums successfully acquired it, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation.

The exhibition celebrates the acquisition of Brighthelmston, Sussex by showing how Turner and his contemporaries perceived the town at the height of its development in the 1820s, during the reign of George IV.

Loans from national galleries such as Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum and private collectors will provide the context for Brighthelmston, Sussex.

See the Royal Pavilion admission charges and opening hours


Groups can enjoy an exclusive after hours private viewing of this exhibition. Find out more information about After hours tours for groups.

Please note the Prince Regent gallery is on the first floor of the Royal Pavilion and is currently accessed via a staircase.

Lift access to the gallery for wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility can be arranged with advance booking. Please call 03000 290902 to book, but please note that this does not provide access to the remainder of the first floor.

Story Drop app

You can learn more about Brighton in J M W Turner's time with our Story Drop. Available as a free download for Android devices and iPhones and iPads, the app features a Turner in Brighton tour, written by Dr Sue Berry, author of Georgian Brighton.


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Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion. Welcome to an extraordinary seaside pleasure palace. Built for George, Prince Regent, at the turn of the 19th century, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out.


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