Bathing Machines (from An Excursion to Brighthelmstone, made in the year 1789)

Various artists/makers

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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 figures descending wooden stairs down a steep cliff, to reach a windy beach and horse-drawn bathing machines. The related text tells us that, "The bathing machines are under the care of the attentive Smoaker. The number of beautiful women who every morning court the embraces of the watery god, far exceeds that of any other bathing place in the kingdom."

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