Brandard (John) after John Thorpe.

Marina St. Leonards, Looking East,


Hastings, Thomas Mann, 1850.
one of eight locally published scenes from ‘Mann’s Views of Hastings and St Leonard’s’, after the local artist, John Thorpe, who was born in nearby Fairlight in 1813. This view shows the completed first phase of the elegant Georgian seaside resort, conceived and constructed by the most successful developer of the period, James Burton (1761-1837), hence the traditional name of Burton’s St Leonard’s. It shows Burton’s own small villa, sandwiched between taller colonnaded and balconied seafront buildings, including what was later to become the Royal Victoria Hotel. The recreational purpose of the area is emphasised by the elegantly dressed figures promenading in the foreground,.