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Limited edition of 9 : edition 6/9 available to order ~ nearly sold out


Created with inspiration from a pioneering open water suffragette female swimmer Lily Smith.


Lily had earned the title of “Champion of all London” before she was 15 years old by virtue of her success in many competitions.


During her sixteenth year she swam for five hours side by side a man, who was at the time attempting to cross the channel.  In 1907 Lily Smith (17 years) was the only woman to compete in the first Richmond to Blackfriars race alongside 32 men.

It is undoubtedly true that the development of swimming for women was started in the late nineteenth century with girls like Lily Smith.    Lily's endurance feats illustrated one of the small steps that women took “in the journey towards acceptance in the male-dominated recreational sphere”. The early open swimmers were linked to the “new woman” movement,  asserting their independence beyond the more restrictive social roles of earlier decades.  


It is not just about the act of swimming - it is a celebration of life.


Mounting options - timber, sandstone, brick, rock, concrete or any solid surface.


  • always limited edition series

  • made in UK/Ireland by family foundries with over 95 years experience

  • certificate of authenticity

Suitable for in or outdoor settings.

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Lily diving girl/ bronze metal