|Artist Name||Unknown Artist|
|Title||The Promenade at Southport|
|Description||This charming early 19th century watercolour painting is of the promenade at Southport. Painted circa 1830 the vantage point is from opposite the current pier, looking down towards the Royal Clifton Hotel. Amongst the Regency buildings on the left is a three storey white building which is the British Legion building, still standing today. The columned building may be the Victorian Turkish baths. A lovely historical record of times past.
The foreshore was purchased by Southport Corporation in 1885 and a marine lake and park (South Marine Gardens) opened, adjacent to the south-west of the pier, in 1887. A further lake and park (North Marine Gardens), adjacent to the north-east of the pier, were opened in 1892. The two sections of lake were afterwards joined and Marine Drive was formed in 1895. The Pier Pavilion was opened in 1902 and by 1909 a funfair had opened at the south-west end of the lake.
|Provenance||Newman gallery label verso with details.|
|Medium||Watercolour on Paper|
|Size||11 x 6 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary glazed frame with lined mount, 16 inches by 12 inches and in good condition.|