Offered for sale is a delightful Impressionist painting of an English beach in the late Victorian era. The oil on canvas depicts beach goers engaged in seaside activities with the addition of bathing machines.
Bathing machines were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and consisted of one room structures of either wood or canvas perched on wheels which enabled them to be rolled into the sea. The etiquette of bathing observed by a proper woman in the 19th century meant that the women were segregated and made to change into their bathing suits away from the prying eyes of the opposite sex. Once the women changed from their everyday clothes, they would be wheeled into the sea and allowed to step into the ocean hidden from view. A small, red, raised flag indicated that the swimmer was finished and extraction could begin. They were most common in Great Britain but were also used elsewhere. Legal segregation in Great Britain ended in 1901 and by 1920 bathing machines were all but extinct.
The painting is signed illegibly possibly "J. Roert" in the lower right corner and set into a wooden molded frame that complements the beautiful blended colors of the canvas. It is in excellent condition and circa mid 20th century. The frame has a few small finish chips on the outer edges.
Size of Frame: 46 ½” Width by 34” Height
Size of Image: 41” Width by 28 ½” Height.
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