• Broadstairs, Kent -

    signed lower centre: RBrandard 1834

    watercolour heightened with bodycolour, scratching out and gum arabic on wove paper watermarked: JWHATMAN/TURKEY MILL

    21.3 by 30.5cm., 8 1/4 by 12 inches


    Broadstairs stands on the Isle of Thanet in East Kent and is here shown from the south. On top of the cliff stands Bleak House where Charles Dickens wrote ?David Copperfield? (first published in 1850). He was a regular visitor to the town from 1837 until 1859. William Beattie described the town as follows in 1842: `Its chief dependence however, is on the number and respectability of its visitors, many of whom retire here for several months annually with their families and, by a liberal expenditure, do much to support the markets and to encourage local industry. The bathing-place is at the mouth of the harbour, under the cliff, and is provided with every accommodation to be found at the larger watering-places. There are two or more excellent hotels, and two extensive public libraries, commanding magnificent views of the sea and the shipping? (see Edward Finden?s ?The Ports, Harbours, Watering-places, and coast Scenery of Great Britain?, 1842, p.139-140)



    By W. Floyd for and published by Simpkin & Marshall, London, circa 1835

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