A new display at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton exploring Jane Austen’s relationship with the seaside, the Prince Regent and life in Brighton during her time.

A new display at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton exploring Jane Austen’s relationship with the seaside, the Prince Regent and life in Brighton during her time, to mark the bicentenary of her death.

Jane Austen by the Sea paints a picture of the fashionable resort of Brighton in the early 1800s, when it was a thriving garrison town featured in novels like Pride and Prejudice.

George IV, who created the Royal Pavilion and spent long periods living there when he was Prince Regent, was a high-profile fan of Austen’s – and although she seemed not to approve of his lifestyle she was encouraged to dedicate Emma to him in 1815.

Highlights to include:

The manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon, set in a seaside town in Sussex.
Examples of Regency costume and accessories, including a wedding dress that has never been on show before and a dress in the style of the ‘Brighton Walking Dress’ featured in a London fashion magazine in 1817.Brighton Museums, Prints, plans, Jane Austen, 2016
Letters from Jane Austen to the Prince Regent’s librarian, James Stanier Clarke.
One of Jane Austen’s music books.
Rare images of Brighton as it looked in Jane Austen’s lifetime.