'Incident In Croquet match', 1897.
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A photograph of people playing croquet, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams on 19 August 1897. This photograph was probably taken on the lawn of the Adams' family house in Deal, Kent. 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.