'St Clement's Church, From Hill Street', 1864.
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A photograph of St Clement's Church in the Old Town, 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'. Curious onlookers lounge on the pavement and watch as Frith takes his photograph. The thirteenth century St Clement's church stands at the end of the narrow street. The Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) married Elizabeth Siddal (1829-1862) in the church in 1860. 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 estab