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Bathing at Long Branch,--"Oh, Ain't It Cold"

American Art

This full-page image accompanied an lengthy article on “Long Branch: The American Boulogne,” comparing the New Jersey resort to a famous French watering place. No doubt mindful of the appeal of young girls in bathing suits, Homer selected the following passage to illustrate:

A simultaneous rash and a plunge, and in an instant the triad have risen all dripping and breathless, and their peculiar cringing posture and the shrinking motion of the arms across the bosom, even without the stirring of their lips, suggest the familiar words “Oh! Isn’t it cold?”

MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1871
DIMENSIONS Image: 9 1/8 x 12 1/8 in. (23.2 x 30.8 cm) Sheet: 10 5/8 x 14 3/8 in. (27 x 36.5 cm) Frame: 16 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (42.5 x 57.8 x 3.8 cm)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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