'Major Adams Giving An Elephant A Bun At Zoological Gardens', 1898.
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A photograph of an elephant at a zoo in the South East of England, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams (1852-1926), on 27 September, 1898. The smartly-dressed man feeding the elephant a bun is possibly Percy Adams (1858-1932), Edgar's brother. Edgar Tarry Adams was a wealthy and dedicated amateur photographer. The owner of a brewery in Halstead, Essex, he was a figure of authority and played a prominent role in local affairs. His interests were many and varied. An accomplished amateur painter and musician, he was also a captain of the local volunteer Fire Brigade and a Lieutenant in the RNVR. Adams first took up photography in the 1880s and carried on taking photographs until after World War One, creating a fascinating social record of his family, friends and interests.