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The Bathers

American Art

This illustration was accompanied by a comment on the vicissitudes of bathing costumes:

Nothing could be prettier or more bewitching than the sight of a charming young woman in an elegant and tasteful bathing costume, as she trips over the sand from the dressing-house down to the water’s edge. . . .

But coming out! . . . Can it be that this dripping, bedraggled, forlorn object who comes slowly from the water is the nymph-like creature who excited such admiration a few minutes ago? What a laughable disillusion! . . .The pretty figures in the foreground of Mr. Winslow Homer’s charming picture are perhaps an exception to the general rule, and illustrate the advantages of a costume peculiarly adapted to a graceful exit from the bath.

MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1873
DIMENSIONS Image: 13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm) Sheet: 16 x 10 7/8 in. (40.6 x 27.6 cm) Frame: 22 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (57.8 x 42.5 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). The Bathers, 1873. Wood engraving, Image: 13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.175
IMAGE overall, 1998.105.175_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Page from Harper's Weekly, August 16, 1873, vol. XVII, p. 668 Drawn by Winslow Homer, engraved by William H. Redding
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