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Brighton City Mayor Honours World Famous Painter John Constable

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By William Mills

Mayor unveils Heritage plaque in tribute to world famous painter John Constable

11 Sillwood Road
11 Sillwood Road

 

Crowds gathered in Sillwood Road, just off Brighton’s busy shopping thoroughfare Western Road, to watch Brighton & Hove’s City Mayor Cllr Denise Cobb, unveil a plaque commemorating Constable’s visits to Brighton in the early 19th century.

 

Crowds eagerly await the Mayor
Crowds eagerly await the Mayor

 

John Constable (1776-1837) painted  several masterpieces while staying in Brighton during the Regency period, which was shortly before Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837.

This period was one of Brighton’s best known heydays made famous by the Prince Regent, later King George IV, who commissioned the building of the Royal Pavilion and regularly visiting along with the wealthy and fashionable of London’s high society.

 

Conservative Councillor Carol Theobald taking time out from serving her Patcham constituents to enjoy a glass of bubbly
Conservative Councillor Carol Theobald taking time out from serving her Patcham constituents to enjoy a glass of bubbly

 

It is thought Constable was accompanied by wife, Maria, his childhood sweetheart whom he married in 1816, on these visits, for although she was suffering from consumption known today as TB, the sea air was believed to be beneficial. Indeed Brighton became famous as the country’s premier bathing resort, and the beach huts can still be seen today along the seafront.

Drawing by Constable from his family's private collection
Drawing by Constable from his family’s private collection

 

The mayor was applauded and thanked for all the hard work she put into this event.

 

Mayor Cllr Denise Cobb
Mayor Cllr Denise Cobb

 

The event was organised by Roger Amerena, philanthropic chair of Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission.

 

Roger Amerena
Roger Amerena

 

After the ceremony a party was held at nearby Montpelier Hall, home of Mr Amerena, attended by the Mayor and guests.

 

The Mayor and Mr Amerena outside Montpelier Hall
The Mayor and Mr Amerena outside Montpelier Hall

 

 

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