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The Painting

A pen, ink and watercolour measuring 15½" x 18¾". Signed Nina Carroll and dated 1978. Inscribed: ‘Eastbourne / Adaptation for Restoration of West Pier Exhibition’. Inscribed verso: ‘Nina Carroll, Cogges Manor Farm, Witney’ and ‘Adaptation of “Eastbourne Pier” for West Pier Restoration Exhibition 78’.

About the Artist

Nina Carroll (1932-1990) was a designer of murals, an illustrator of children’s books and a watercolour artist. She studied at Cheltenham School of Art and at the Ruskin School, Oxford. She lived in Kettering and later in Oxford. Her husband, John Steane, was headmaster of Kettering Grammar School in 1964 to 1976. Both Nina and her husband were founder members of the Kettering Civic Society, and John became their first Secretary. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Watercolour Painters, the Society of Women Artists and the New England Art Club. Her works are in the collection of the Guildhall Museum, Northampton and the Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering, amongst others.

The Subject

Eastbourne Pier (1978). The Pier at Eastbourne, Sussex was built in 1870 to the designs of the engineer Eugenius Birch. A 1000-seat theatre was built at the seaward end in 1901 but it was destroyed by fire in 1970 and rebuilt as a showbar. Two saloons were built mid-way along the Pier in 1901, and in 1925 a 900-seat music pavilion was constructed at the shoreward end.

The painting was made for an exhibition in 1978 for the restoration of the West Pier in Brighton. Brighton West Pier had been built in 1866 also to the designs of Eugenius Birch, but had declined in the 1960s-70s and was closed for safety reasons in 1975. In 1978 the Official Receiver passed the ownership of the Pier to the Crown Estate Commissioners, and the West Pier Trust was formed.

Nina Carroll

Eastbourne Pier (1978)