Swing Boats. 1923. Aquatint. Bolling/Withington 22. 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 (sheet 15 3/8 x 10 1/16). Trial proof, apart from the edition of 35. A rich, tonal impression with subtle contrasts, printed on the full sheet of watermarked cream wove paper. Signed and annotated in 'Adelaide and Gary Bearian' and 'aquatint artist's proof self print' in pencil. $2,500.
Swing boats were one of the earliest fairground rides, common in the Victorian era. The Beamish open-air museum in the north of England A swing boat, colloquially known as a "shuggy boat" in the north east of England, is a fairground ride in which pairs of riders pull ropes to swing back and forth.
Examples of Victorian-style manually-operated swing boats are still popular and are generally seen in travelling "period" fairs.
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