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Lot 299: Attributed to Baron Jean Gudin (1802-1880) Bathing

To be sold at our Fine Art & Antiques, Wine, Clothing & Textiles on 17th Mar 2016

Catalogue Description

Attributed to Baron Jean Gudin (1802-1880) Bathing Machines on the beach with horses and bathers, c. 1830, oil on canvas, framed (loose) 23 x 31cm The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, to allow people to change out of their usual clothes, possibly change into swimwear and then wade in the ocean at beaches. Bathing machines were roofed and walled wooden carts rolled into the sea. Some had solid wooden walls; others had canvas walls over a wooden frame. The bathing machine was part of sea-bathing etiquette more rigorously enforced upon women than men but to be observed by both sexes among those who wished to be ''proper''.Especially in Britain, men and women were usually segregated, so nobody of the opposite sex might catch sight of them in their bathing suits, which (although modest by modern standards) were not considered proper clothing in which to be seen. The bathing machines remained in active use on English beaches until the 1890s, when they began to be parked on the beach. They were then used as stationary changing rooms for a number of years. Most of them had disappeared in the United Kingdom by 1914. However, they have survived to this day as bathing boxes in many parts around the world. In this painting the costumes are French and the bathing machines were introduced to France in the English fashion by the Duchess de Berry at Dieppe around 1822. Gudin was part of the circle of artists of Richard Parkes Bonnington who painted in the Dieppe area. Gudin abandoned his studies to enter the studio of Girodet-Trioson . It debuted at the Paris Salon of 1822 with a Brick in distress and a view of the mouth of the Seine. In 1824 , he exhibited a Rescue and a view of Fort Chaput near the island of Oleron. It was at this time already a prot


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Sale Details

This lot was presented at at our Fine Art & Antiques, Wine, Clothing & Textiles on the 17th Mar 2016

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Our catalogue is now online for our Fine Art and Antiques Sale to take place at Busby Salerooms on the 17th of March at 10:30am. We have over 500 lots including silver, jewellery, ceramics, clocks, furniture, paintings, drawings, Oriental Art, Vintage Clothing and Textiles to name but a few! 

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