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The Adventures of a Lady Scorcher, A Hairbreadth Escape from one of the New Cyclist Police (litho)

The Adventures of a Lady Scorcher, A Hairbreadth Escape from one of the New Cyclist Police (litho)


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The Adventures of a Lady Scorcher, A Hairbreadth Escape from one of the New Cyclist Police (litho)

1040045 The Adventures of a Lady Scorcher, A Hairbreadth Escape from one of the New Cyclist Police (litho) by Ralston, William (1848-1911) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Adventures of a Lady Scorcher, A Hairbreadth Escape from one of the New Cyclist Police. Illustration for The Graphic, 22 December 1900.); Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection

Media ID 23054108

© Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection / Bridgeman Images

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The Adventures of a Lady Scorcher, A Hairbreadth Escape from one of the New Cyclist Police

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is a captivating litho print that takes us back to the early 20th century. This humorous illustration, created by William Ralston and published in The Graphic on December 22,1900, showcases the daring escapades of a stylish female cyclist. In this scene, we witness our valiant lady scorcher arguing with an expostulated policeman from the newly formed cyclist police force. With her hat askew and determination in her eyes, she refuses to be arrested for her fast-paced cycling antics. The artist skillfully captures the tension between them as they address each other amidst a chaotic chase. The composition exudes energy and excitement as our protagonist seizes an opportunity to flee while her captor momentarily hesitates. Bicycles are scattered around them, emphasizing their central role in this thrilling pursuit. The engraving beautifully portrays the spirit of adventure associated with cycling during this era. Ralston's artwork not only entertains but also provides insight into society's evolving attitudes towards women participating in sports like cycling. It celebrates the freedom and independence that came with riding bicycles at a time when it was still considered unconventional for women. This delightful print serves as both a historical document and an amusing piece of art that reminds us of how far we have come since those days when even something as simple as riding a bicycle could be seen as rebellious for women.

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