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(Plan and side elevations of the King's Floating Baths at) Weymouth 12h

(Plan and side elevations of the King's Floating Baths at) Weymouth 12h

Artist: Hiort, John William

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1782

Shelfmark: KTOP XII

Item number: 12h

Length: 70

Width: 61

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Map scale ratio: 1":2ft 9inches (1:33)

Plan and side elevations of the King's Floating Baths at Weymouth. George III made 14 visits to Weymouth from 1789 to 1805 during the summer or autumn season. This made Weymouth was one of the most fashionable Georgian sea bathing resorts. George III , Queen Charlotte and several of their children first came here in 1789. The King bathed in the sea water and as was the custom, used a bathing machine. This was a wooden cart pulled out to sea by a horse, which often had a hood to shield the bather's privacy. However this design for King's floating baths was on a grander scale. It had a large dressing room and spacious separate bath for the King with two smaller baths and dressing rooms next door.

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