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Photographer: Sutcliffe, Frank Meadow (1853 - 1941)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1891

Shelfmark: 1757.b.14

Item number: 31

Length: 16.9

Width: 12

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"That the photographer has within certain limits the expression of humour at his command, I think no one who looks at the group of boys intently staring over the pier wall, all with their backs to the spectator, will for one moment deny - Can anything really be funnier in its way? We have presented to our view sundry bare legs, some hob-nailed boots, and a considerable variety of curious needlework in the 'seats of the breeks,' but what 'makes the picture' is the evident intentness of each individual boy to secure for himself a good place to see what is to be seen. What there is to be seen we don't know - it may be a fishing boat crossing the bar in a heavy swell, it may be a wonderful dog that has made a 40-foot plunge off the pier-end, or it may be that some accident has taken place; but whatever it is, the interest is so strongly marked in the eager attitudes of the boys, that, as we look at the photograph, we instinctively take our place in the scene and want to know 'What is it?' No one but a born humourist would have dreamed of taking such a subject for a picture."

Descriptive text by Charles Noel Armfield from 'Sun Artists' (Number 8)

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