Margate, James Mitchener's Bathing Machines
Margate, James Mitchener's Bathing Machines, paper advertising card, circa 1775, a bathing machine inscribed "Mitchener's Machine" being used with the canopy down, whilst another approaches the Waiting Room where a lady waits at the top of the stairs, AT MARGATE IN THE ISLE OF THANET, KENT IS ERECTED BY/ JAMES MITCHENER/ COMMODIOUS MACHINES FOR BATHING IN THE SEA/ WHERE THE NOBILITY GENTRY & OTHERS WHO ARE PLEASED TO FAVOUR HIM MAY/ DEPEND ON ALL POSSIBLE CARE WITH A PROPER GUIDE FOR THE LADIES, & HIMSELF/ FOR THE GENTLEMEN & THEIR FAVOURS THANKFULLY ACKNOWLEDG'D BY THEIR MOST OBEDIENT AND HUMBLE SERVANT/ JAMES MITCHENER, 200 x 163 mm, contained in black frame. Good very fine and very rare. £Sold
A card from the collection of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum dated 1773 describes how Mitchener has moved from the Parade and is now situated next to Hall's Circulating Library.
At the bottom of the advertisement Mitchener includes Masonic symbols, giving his credentials to those in the know.Mitchener also owned the York Hotel on the Marine Parade.
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