Title page of 'The Gossiping Photographer at Hastings', 1864.
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The photographic title page for the book 'The Gossiping Photographer at Hastings'. This book contains sixteen photographs of Hastings, St Leonards, Rye and Winchelsea taken by Francis Frith (1822-1898) and published by him in 1864 in Reigate, England. The upper photograph shows the beach and seafront at Hastings, with ladies sitting in front of a group of fishing boats and bathing machines. Below are two photographs of Frith himself, one of him taking a photograph by a pond and the other of him sitting at a desk, writing. Francis Frith was a pioneer of travel photography. He was also one of photography's greatest entrepreneurs, founding a company that was to become the largest publisher of photographs in the world. Frith saw himself as a romantic adventurer in the mould of Byron. Between 1856 and 1860 he travelled and photographed extensively in Egypt and the Holy Land. His work was published in a variety of formats and editions and established his reputation as one of the finest tr