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Mary Wheatland

65 of 65 portraits on display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Mary Wheatland

by William Pankhurst Marsh
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1901
4 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (106 mm x 63 mm) overall
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Photographs Collection
NPG x197180

On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • Mary Wheatland (1835-1924), 'Bathing Woman of Bognor'; bathing machine operator and lifeguard. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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In this picture by Bognor photographer William Marsh, Wheatland is shown wearing her trademark blue serge coat and straw hat.

Marsh ran a photographic studio opposite to where Wheatland worked and persuaded her to sit for several portraits between 1875 and the 1900s, which he sold as cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards and postcards.

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Current affairs

Queen Victoria dies on 23 January. She is succeeded to the throne by her son, Prince Edward, aged 60, who reigned until his death in 1910. The census results of this year show the huge changes that took place in Britain during her reign, revealing that the population of Britain had doubled in the past 50 years, to 38 million.

Art and science

The start of Pablo Picasso's Blue Period, in which he produces a series of paintings dominated by the colour blue and melancholic mood. Significantly, the period marks the transition in Picasso's style from classicism to abstract art.
Beatrix Potter privately publishes The Tale of Peter Rabbit after it is rejected by six publishers.


The six colonies of Australia become a federation, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia remains a Commonwealth Realm. This year Australia also passes the Immigration Restriction Act, which limits immigration to Australia and forms the basis of the White Australia policy, a collection of historical legislation and policies designed to restrict non-white immigration to Australia between 1830-1973, although reforms against the policy were introduced in the 1940s.

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