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It's Regency Season

Posted 26 June 2017 by Andrew Gardner google authorship button

Regency Brighton
 
Forgive me for blogging about Brighton again so soon, but there are a couple of must-see exhibitions on. 
 
Constable in Brighton started in April and continues till October, so that's effectively the summer season. I'd earmarked this as one to see long before the first rave reviews appeared in the national press. What many visitors may find surprising is the range and emotional depth of Constable's seascapes - if you automatically think of his pastoral, smooth and studio-finished works like The Haywain, prepare for something quite different, more immediate and heartfelt.
Constable stayed in the Sussex seaside resort - it wasn't a city then - between 1824 and 1828, with his family. During that time he produced about 150 works, some being commissions created in or around his studio but many others were sketches and drawings inspired by the long walks he took around the Sussex coast and countryside.
 
Constable in Brighton is part of this year's Regency Season at the Royal Pavilion & Museums - and the Pavilion itself, built for the Prince Regent, is well worth a visit if you haven't already done so. The other exhibition I'm excited about is Jane Austen by the Sea. Did you know the Prince Regent was such a great fan of Austen that much as she disapproved of his lifestyle, she was "encouraged to dedicate" Emma to him? (That's what the blurb says, by the way - I'm not sure if she did, but you'll get to see his specially-bound copy.)
 
I was amused by the exhibition’s curator asserting that: “For many years, Austen has been quoted as having written: ‘I assure you that I dread the idea of going to Brighton as much as you can do..’, but her sentence actually referred to Bookham, a village in Surrey, rather than Brighton.  We now know that Austen may not have felt as negatively about the town as has been thought.” 
 
Apart from beginning with B, how do you muddle up Bookham and Brighton? Don't make that mistake - book a Sussex holiday cottage with us and you'll be in the right place!