Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1847

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Height

9 1/4"

Width

13 3/4"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: FF_010_D

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

Madame Rabourdeau à sa première leçon. 1847

English: Madame Rabourdeau at her first lesson.

Lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in the lithographic stone

Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

Daumier illustrates the apparatus that nineteenth century French swimming instructors used to teach their pupils to swim—a necessity in order to maintain propriety in an era when co-ed swimming was frowned upon. The rope and harness allowed male teachers to keep their female students afloat without having to enter the water with them or make any physical contact. Henry Emy illustrates the device in use in the lithograph to the left.

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