Souvenir box, with view of Brighton

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made in Brighton or Tunbridge, Kent

This souvenir whitewood box was made in Brighton or Tunbridge in Kent between around 1825 and 1840.

The lid has been decorated with a hand-coloured print of Marine Parade and Chain Pier in Brighton.

During the course of the 19th century, Brighton became the pre-eminent English seaside resort. Between about 1800 and 1830 the most significant souvenirs on sale in Brighton were whitewood boxes decorated with coloured prints of the town. The most common subjects were Marine Parade, the Chain Pier (which opened in 1823) and of course the Royal Pavilion which had been lavishly transformed by George IV between 1815 and 1821.

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