Deep Dive: Exploring the Exhibits

The Bathing Corporation of Southampton, by Julian Barrow

This oil-on-canvas piece depicts the Bathing Corporation of Southampton, measuring at 8 x 12 inches in size.


The Bathing Corporation is a prestigious and exclusive private club founded in 1923 on Southampton Village’s Gin Lane, across the street from Agawam Lake. Often referred to as “The Beach Club” by members, it’s one of the most difficult clubs to gain entry to. Photos are uncommon, given the nature of how private the facility truly is.

Julian Barrow (1939 to 2013) was born in Cumberland, England and would spend much of his life in London. His studies took place in Florence, Italy and he was known as a traveler, painting various sites throughout the world. His subject matter came from places such as London, New York, India and varying countries throughout the Middle East. A frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, he was also a longtime President of the Chelsea Art Society.

Barrow has also depicted other Southampton locales and landmarks, such as the St. Andrews Dune Church.

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