• bathers,  captains & sailors,  etching,  nautical,  prints

    Aquatic party

    “Members of the Brighton Swimming Club entertain the crowds gathered on  Brighton’s West Pier by holding a tea party on a wooden raft. (The Graphic, 1881). Some of the men swim out to the raft, but others attempt to reach the refreshments by riding wooden horses made from barrels. The man on the raft pouring the tea is believed to be John Hawgood (1844-1896), a clothier and furniture dealer of North Road, Brighton. Hawgood was a local swimming champion who went on to become the Honorary Secretary of  the Brighton Swimming Club in 1886. The Aquatic Tea Party at Brighton was a traditional event that had been staged near the West Pier since the 1860s. For instance, a Brighton newspaper informed the public that on 3rd August, 1868, “Captain Camp (John Henry Camp ), the one-legged swimmer, will prepare and partake of breakfast on the water“.”

    Again, I could see the hipsters of Brighton still doing this! More info here.

  • captains & sailors,  etching,  illustration,  nautical

    the tail of a large sea-gull

    Very nice, reminds me of William Nicholson’s work as the Beggarstaff Brothers – a postcard of which sits on my wall. Talking of which….


    … But he fortunately saved his life by laying hold of the tail of a large sea-gull…

    Wiliam Strang, from The surprising adventures of Baron Munchausen, by Rudolf Erich Raspe, London, 1895.