Woman washing a baby in a tin bath, c 1900.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Photograph by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (1853-1941) of a woman washing her baby outside in the back yard of their house. An elder child holds onto the edge of the bath as if about to climb in. Tin baths were a common solution to the lack of indoor plumbing. They were portable so could be taken outside on a fine day such as this or placed in front of the fire. Frank Meadow Sutcliffe is best known for his naturalistic and spontaneous style of photography, especially his portrayals of Whitby's fishing community. He was a founder member of The Linked Ring Brotherhood and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1941.