42 Incredible Vintage Photographs Capture Everyday Life in Whitby and Surrounding Areas in the Late 19th Century

Francis Meadow (Frank) Sutcliffe (1853–1941) was an English pioneering photographic artist whose work presented an enduring record of life in the seaside town of Whitby, England, and surrounding areas, in the late Victorian era and early 20th century. His documentation of the Victorian and Edwardian periods in Whitby, led him to be labelled as the “pictorial Boswell of Whitby.

42 Incredible Vintage Photographs Capture Everyday Life in Whitby and Surrounding Areas in the Late 19th Century
“The essence of art is to conceal art,” wrote Frank. He made a living as a portrait photographer, working first in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and then for the rest of his life in Whitby, living in Broomfield Terrace in Whitby before moving to Sleights, 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, a converted jet grinding and polishing works, 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.

Fish stall, Whitby
Fishermen on wharf
House by river banks in Whitby.
House by river banks in Whitby
Marine Hotel at the seaside
Marine Hotel
Men at ease in Whitby
Mending the nets
Milking time
People in work at a farm
Port with small boats
Portrait of three happy boys
Portrait of three people outside a house
Sheep grazing in the middle
The fish pier
The harbor of Whitby with sailboats
The harbor of Whitby with sailboats
The ingathering
The question
The river in Whitby
The Strom family of Robin Hood’s Bay
Trees and river
Two horses and a rider on a beach
View of the Marina Hotel
Village with a pile of wood in front
West Cliff, Whitby
Whitby from St Mary’s Parish Church
Whitby, Yorkshire
Woman reading
Yorkshire Coast, Whitby
A conversation
A group of boys bathing from a rowing boat
A group of fishing girls in the stairs down to the beach, Whitby
A quiet gossip
At the field
Dinner time
Dock End, Whitby

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