Dancing bear, c 1905.

Sutcliffe, Frank Meadow

Dancing bear, c 1905.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


Photograph by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (1853-1941). Dancing bears were a popular form of entertainment on Victorian streets. The bears, kept chained and muzzled, were made to dance or perform tricks. Poor people still make a living from dancing bears in India, although animal welfare groups are trying to stamp out the practice. 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.

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