• LOCATION 8 | Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    Skinner Street Bottom

    Skinner Street, where you are now, was the location for Frank Meadow Sutcliffe's established gallery. The Victorian photographer is well celebrated here in Whitby and his works adorn the homes of many residents.

    He was also internationally recognised in his lifetime and had his work exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Paris and Vienna.

    Sutcliffe sought to elevate his photography to art and his collection, capturing Whitby and the surrounding area, has a dramatic feel. Sutcliffe disliked staged photography as he considered poses as unnatural and awkward. Instead, he captures fisherpeople going about their daily lives and children playing.

    His most famous photograph, Water Rats, features naked children playing in the harbour with a wooden fishing cobble. The local clergy excommunicated Sutcliffe for the innocent picture, however Edward VII liked it so much he purchased a copy of the photo.

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Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites