Once More On To The Beach


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.