Beach entertainer, c 1905.

Sutcliffe, Frank Meadow

Beach entertainer, c 1905.
3 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm


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.

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