'Hastings, From The Beach - Low Water', 1864.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of families on the beach 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'. The women and children are all wrapped up warmly as they enjoy the rather rocky beach at Hastings. In the background is the newly-built promenade. As Hastings' popularity as a holiday resort grew, the town had to expand along the coast. New hotels, shops and houses were built away from the cramped confines of the Old Town. 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 form