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"Illyssus" is the nickname given to ] Three male swimmers in Jersey, photographed by Paul Martin in 1893.
Away from the gaze of women, men preferred to wear as little as possible when swimming.
Mixed bathing was commonly practised in France and so it was customary for men to wear brief bathing trunks called "calecons" when in the presence of women.A group photograph of nineteen members of the Brighton Swimming Club, believed to have been taken by the photographer Benjamin William Botham in 1863. George Worsley (c1835-1911) was a china & glass merchant who ran a shop in West Street, Brighton.The Brighton Swimming Club was established following a meeting of swimming enthusiasts at The Jolly Fisherman in Brighton's Market Street, on 4th May 1860. Minutes of the Brighton Swimming Club, recording a Committee meeting held on 2nd June 1863, notes that Benjamin Botham was admitted to the swimming club "on condition of his taking a photographic sketch of the members of the Club".Leonard Reuben Styer, who was born on 23rd March 1843 in Northampton, the son of Abraham Styer, a German Jew, established a dental practice at 26 Old Steine, Brighton, in 1878.John Hawgood (1844-1896), a London-born furniture dealer, was a swimming champion and Captain of the Brighton Swimming Club during the early 1880s.