What we did at the seaside –

What we did at the seaside – nothing!

Charles Doyle


Wood engraving by Joseph Swain

6½ x 4¾ inches

London Society 2 (1862): facing 385.

’Going to the seaside’ was a popular holiday activity for the Victorian middle-classes of the middle of the nineteenth century. Doyle satirizes leisure as a matter of pointless laziness, with male figures lolling in the foreground and others promenading in the background; he also suggests that a visit to the seaside was boring, a notion encapsulated in a young woman reading as she walks. There is indeed nothing to do.

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