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Creator:
John Nixon, ca. 1760–1818, British
Title:

Martha Gunn, Bather at Brighton

Date:
1791
Medium:
Watercolor on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 5 7/16 × 8 9/16 inches (13.8 × 21.7 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in graphite, lower left: "Martha Gunn"; in pen and black ink, lower left: "John Nixon. Del. 1795"; lower center: "Martha Gunn"; in pen and black ink, lower right: "Brighton Bathers on a Stormy Day"; inscribed on mount in pen and black ink, lower center: "Martha Gunn, Bather at Brighton | nearly Seventy Years. Died 2nd May 1815 aged 88. | Buried in Brighton Church Yard."; in graphite, lower right: "9"

Signed in gray ink, lower right: "JN | 1791"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.5092
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
chairs | cloaks | dresses | figure study | hats | portrait | women
Associated Places:
Brighton | East Sussex | England | Europe | United Kingdom
Associated People:
Gunn, Martha (1726-1815), the most famous of Brighton's bathing women (also known as "dippers"), was born in the seaside village of Brighthelmstone (Brighton)
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:11360
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