C1882

Professor Cavill's Ladies Swimming Class, Lavender Bay, Sydney Harbour.

Artist’s initial incorrectly inscribed “GBA”. FREDERICK C AVILL 1839-1927, ‘professor of swimming’. Cavill migrated to Australia, reaching Melbourne with his family in the Somersetshire in February 1879. He soon moved to Sydney and set up as a ‘professor of swimming’. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Professor Cavill’s Ladies Swimming Class, Lavender Bay, Sydney Harbour.

Date:

C1882

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

170mm 
x 240mm
AUTHENTICITY
Professor Cavill's Ladies Swimming Class, Lavender Bay, Sydney Harbour. - Antique Print from 1882

Genuine antique
dated:

1882

Description:

Artist’s initial incorrectly inscribed “GBA”. FREDERICK C AVILL 1839-1927, ‘professor of swimming’. Cavill migrated to Australia, reaching Melbourne with his family in the Somersetshire in February 1879. He soon moved to Sydney and set up as a ‘professor of swimming’. In 1884 he published a pamphlet How to Learn to Swim which outlined his theories on ‘natations’. His floating baths or ‘natatoriums’ at Lavender Bay, Farm Cove, and after 1902 at Woolloomooloo, were popular haunts, despite some opposition to them. All his children gave demonstrations of aquatics and life-saving. Cavill’s greatest Australian feats included swimming from Parramatta to Sydney, and eighteen miles from Glenelg (South Australia) to the Semaphore. 
 From the original edition of the Australasian Sketcher, rare.

G.R.A. - George Rossi Ashton (1857 - 1942)

Ashton studied at the South Kensington School of Art and became a black-and-white illustrator for the London Graphic. In 1877-78 he represented the Illustrated London News at the Kaffir war and next year joined Julian on the Illustrated Australian News in Melbourne; together they covered the capture of the Kelly gang at Glenrowan. He was among the first sketch-artists of the Bulletin, drew also for the Australasian Sketcher, the Illustrated Sydney News and the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, and was art editor and artist for Victoria and its Metropolis. In 1886-88 he was a member of the Art Society of New South Wales and the Australian Artists' Association (Victoria). In 1893 he returned to England where he continued to illustrate for various papers and toured music-halls with a lightning-sketch routine.

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