1878 – A Swimming Match


“A Swimming Match – by Harrison Weir” is a full page book plate image, taken from the “Chatterbox Album of Animals”, published by W.W.Gardner, circa 1878. The short anecdote accompanying the illustration, reads as follows:  “Not long ago a swimming match was arranged at Eastbourne, between a man named Knight and a dog. When man and dog took to the water, the dog thought it his duty to save the man from drowning. He swam towards him, and tried to keep him afloat by placing his head under his chin. Knight, being a good swimmer, and not needing any such help, tried to strike out, but the dog would not let him. It was not possible to have the race, and so Knight was taken into the boat and the dog swan ashore.”

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Detail: A Swimming Match, by Harrison Weir       Book Ciover: Chatterbox Album of Animals 1878

Detail: 1878 – A Swimming Match                                     Book Cover:  Chatterbox Album of Animals, 1878

Detail: A Swimming Match, by Harrison Weir       Detail: A Swimming Match, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1878 – A Swimming Match                                   (Last detail with artist’s signature in plate)

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