Beach entertainer, c 1905.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Photograph by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (1853-1941) of a beach entertainer surrounded by a large audience of children. The man stands on a box playing a drum and a set of pan-pipes at the same time, possibly accompanying another entertainer. Visitors to the seaside were not simply content with bathing or strolling down the promenade. They wanted a variety of amusements. 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.