Also, Some Enquiries into the Nature of the water in 1676.This brought the health-giving properties of the hot mineral waters to the attention of the aristocracy.While sea bathing or dipping, men and boys were naked.Women and girls were encouraged to dip wearing loose clothing.
The right to depict adults and children in innocent nude poses has been upheld without a pause for 41 years.
Thomas Guidott set up a medical practice in the English town of Bath in 1668.
He became interested in the curative properties of the waters and he wrote A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there.
Here cures were guaranteed by 'taking the water' or being 'dipped' by bathing attendant in cold water. Until the 1670s nude female bathing in the spas was the norm and only after that restrictions were imposed.
As time progressed the resorts had to address two questions; was it right that men and women bathed together, and was it right that clothes should be worn. Each town was free to make its own laws, and some chose to.
Bathing in the sea by the lower classes was noted in Southampton by Thomas Gray in 1764, and in Exmouth by shoals of Exeter damsels in unsufferable undress in 1779.