'The Queen's Hotel, and Carlisle Parade (East)', 1864.
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A photograph of a fishing boat beached on the shore at Hastings, taken in 1864 by Francis Frith (1822-1898). This is one of sixteen photographs of Hastings, St Leonards, Rye and Winchelsea taken by Francis Frith and published in 1864 in his book 'The Gossiping Photographer at Hastings'. Despite Hastings' popularity as a fashionable resort, traditional ways of life continued. Holidaymakers are here enjoying a walk by the sea amongst beached fishing boats. Hastings expanded rapidly as its popularity as a holiday destination grew. In the background is the then newly-built Queen's Hotel, built between 1858 and 1862. 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 publi