Race Ground (from An Excursion to Brighthelmstone, made in the year 1789)

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One of a set of eight aquatints devoted to a journey from London to Brighthelmstone (Brighton), together with attractions of the seaside resort, this print represents a horse race held on a grass course near the sea, watched by spectators on foot, in carriages and in a covered observation stand at right. The related text tells us that, "The Race Ground is exceedingly well adapted to the purpose for which it was intended; an is one of the most beautifully situated spots in the world. The prospect is wonderfully extensive and magnificent. The races are in July.--There are always three fifties, besides several sweepstakes, matches &c. A handsome and convenient stands, sufficiently capacious to receive a great number of spectators, is erected on the course."

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