|In Summer (1887) Frank Weston Benson|
|A Quiet Cove (Girl Canoeing) (1900) Arthur Hacker|
|By Summer Seas Charles Sims|
|Summer on the Beach Paul Fischer|
|A Fjord Near Oslo 1892 Paul Fischer|
|Noonday Heat (1902-3) Henry Scott Tuke|
|The Lark (1882) Pal Szinyei|
|Summer (1894) Leon Frederic|
The reason I love these pictures is that the reality of a twenty-first century sudden summer is less than elegant. I took a turn into town this morning only to be confronted with scorched skin and underwear masquerading as outerwear. In one case, a young lady had her extremely small hotpants undone and rolled down so her actual pants were on show. In Tescos. Heavens. And people have the nerve to look at me askance if I carry my Chinese parasol and paper fan.
This year I will be holidaying in 1870. At least there is no pressure to get a tan. Or wear clothes, apparently. Sounds perfect.