Published July 1.st 1844, by W.H. Mason, Repository of Arts, Brighton. London, Ackermann & Co. Strand,_Reeves & Son, Cheapside.
A very rare lithograph. 255 x 368mm. 10 x 14˝". Some foxing on right.
A view at Brighton, with the pier behind; a woman hold her naked child over the water, with a traditional beach bathing box on wheels to left. For Mason's "Fashionable Handbook for Visitors to Brighton", c.1846. In regency times and later when bathing at Brighton the bather floats or "Bobs" while being supervised. The supervisors where called "dippers" who pushed the bathers through the waves, keeping them afloat, then helped them back into the bathing machine. Brighton’s most famous dipper was Martha Gunn, a large, sturdy woman whose fame exists to this day. See ref:Ref: 5306 for a portrait of Martha Gunn.
See Ford: 128. "Images of Brighton".
[Ref: 23960] £220.00