DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
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Leisure

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside,
I do like to be beside the sea,
I do like to stroll along the prom, prom, prom,
Where the brass bands play
‘Tiddly-om-pom-pom’.

Popular ditty first sung in 1909

During the Edwardian era women with intelligence, social opportunities and strength of character—the so called ‘New Woman’—were able to choose their careers and pursue independent personal goals. They ventured out into the world, drove cars and went on exotic travels to Morocco or Italy. Others, although still confined to more domestic roles, enjoyed the benefits of modern inventions such as less restrictive clothing and physical exercise.

Edwardians began taking lunches and afternoon teas in the garden as a break from the customary rigid dining etiquette. They also met in cafés, taking tea in less formal surroundings, enjoying each other’s company and being ‘seen’.

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