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Frank Meadow Sutcliffe snippet
His most famous photograph was taken in 1886 - Water Rats of children playing in the water.
Frank Meadow Sutcliffe
Francis Meadow (Frank) Sutcliffe was a photographic artist.
He was born on 6 October 1863 in Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire to the painter Thomas Sutcliffe and Sarah Lorentia Button. He had an elementary education at a dame school before moving into the new technology of photography.
He made a living as a portrait photographer, working first in Tunbridge Wells, Kent then for the rest of his life in Whitby, North Yorkshire. His father had brought him into contact with prominent figures in the world of Art such as John Ruskin, and he resented having to prostitute his art taking photographs of holiday-makers. His business in Skinner Street rooted him to Whitby and the Eskdale valley but, by photographing the ordinary people that he knew well, he built up a most complete and revealing picture of a late Victorian town, and the people who lived and worked there.