Ostend Bathing Machine. 1926. Drypoint. Appleby 119. 6 7/8 x 8 7/8 (sheet 9 x 12 1/4). Edition 100, #97. Printed by David Strang on cream laid paper. Wrinkling in the margins; otherwise fine condition. A rich impression with tonal wiping and drypoint burr. Signed and numbered in pencil. $750.
The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 18th through the early 20th centuries, to allow people to change out of their usual clothes, change into swimwear, and wade in the ocean at beaches. Bathing machines were roofed and walled wooden carts rolled into the sea. Some had solid wooden walls while others had canvas walls over a wooden frame.
Ostend a Belgian city and municipality located in the Flemish province of West Flanders. It comprises the boroughs of Mariakerke (West Flanders), Stene and Zandvoorde, and the city of Ostend proper – the largest on the Belgian coast.
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