Barbara Jones. The Unsophisticated Arts. First edition, 1951. The Architectural Press. Throughout the 1940s, Barbara Jones set about documenting the vernacular art of England; visiting fairgrounds, tattoo parlours, taxidermists, houseboats, high street shops, seaside piers and amusement arcades. This epic project culminated in this fabulous book full of photographs and cascades of beautiful black and white line drawings and colour plates. Dust wrapper a little worn with tape marks and a few chips with some light foxing internally, else a very good copy with very little wear. An absolute must have for English folk art fans.
Venus’s Bathing (Margate) A woman swimming in the sea; in the background people are looking out to sea from cliffs and a beach.
Hand-coloured etching 1790 By Thomas Rowlandson
In 1798 he produced a caricature ‘Bathing at Margate’ of voyeurs enjoying the view of the sea-bathers from the cliff, and in 1813 another caricature ‘Summer amusement at Margate, or a peep at the mermaids’. He also produced a smaller pair of pictures set in Margate, called ‘Fresh water’ and ‘Salt water’ (in Margate Museum, one said to be an aquatint and the other a watercolour, dated ca. 1800)