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Date Listed 29-Nov-16
Address Sebringville, ON N0K1X0
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Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (Hon. F.R.P.S.), (1853-1941), a Victorian photographer became a world renowned pioneer of this new kind of art form. He was a distinguished photographer of his day and as most of his studio portrait work was seasonal, he spent much of the out-of-season time exploring the streets, docks and living areas taking photographs of Whitby harbour, merchants, fisher folk and families going about their daily business. He excelled at directing people to pose naturally within their realistic settings. He also captured amazing shots of superb landscapes and working farming communities in the neighbouring valleys and moorland villages.

These sepia photographs were taken in and around Whitby, North Yorkshire between 1875 and 1910. His large camera was made of mahogany with brass fittings and took 'whole plate' glass negatives (6.5"x8.5").

Photography in Victorian times was not an easy craft to master and people were often content to produce an acceptable image which was sharp and well exposed - but there were only a handful of photographers who lifted their pictures into the realms of 'Art'.

Not only were these photographs delightful in and of themselves they are essential in recording the history of the time, specifically of Whitby and apart from the manufactured splendor of London and the Victorian middle classes captured by the popular artists of the day, like Tissot, the Pre-Raphaelites, Landseer et. all, painted an idealized world of beauty while people like Sutcliffe walked among them unseen, recording a place and a time that will never be seen again.

Due to his creative success, he won over 60 gold, silver and bronze medals from exhibitions held in many areas of the world. In 1935 he was awarded the highest accolade possible: he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

On retiring from his portrait studio he became curator of the Whitby Museum, a post he held for the rest of his days.

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Unframed and close to their original size: approx. 8 1/2" x 11"
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