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Once More On To The Beach
Pilgrims and Puritans, naturally, hated the water, but by the turn of the century certain pleasures had been rediscovered
August 1971 | Volume 22, Issue 5
The artists and pictorial reporters of the nineteenth century have delineated zestfully on canvas, stone, and woodblock the American return to the beach, with all its social subtleties, high and low. They do not, however, tell us why our forebears came back to the beach; for that we shall have to rely upon the interpretation of more prosaic data relating to the rise of the cities, the industrial expansion of the Gilded Age, and a new-found leisure. But, in their various styles and media, the artists have captured for all time that return to the seas of unchanging beauty and majesty.