Matthews : Royal machine, The : Printable cover page
Composer: J. Matthews (fl. 1800)
Forces: S.S.S. or T.T.T.
Lyrics: Anon. probably the composer
A new catch on sea bathing. J. Matthews. 1800. Publish'd for the author. J. Matthews music seller. No. 3, George Street, Bath. Enter'd at Stationers Hall.
George III made sea bathing fashionable after having a bathing machine constructed in Weymouth in 1789, and spending annual holidays there throughout the 1790s. In the longer term, his enthusiasm presaged the rise of the seaside towns and the decline of the inland spas as popular resorts.
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