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Trinity Church And The Waldegrave Fountain, Robertson Street

Trinity Church And The Waldegrave Fountain, Robertson Street

Photographer: Frith, Francis (1822-1898)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: Cup.410.g.108

Item number: 1

Length: 11

Width: 16.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

“…[I]f you wish for more 'parade,' what can be finer than the 'Carlisle?' –a worthy tassel at the eastern end of the two miles’ string: and yet, in a moment, if you are sea-sick, you may pop round the corner, and steady your nerves by the sight of a real, safe, two-sided street. Left-hand: library – one shilling and sixpence per week – seal-skin jackets up to thirty guineas, Trinity Church, and the Countess of Waldegrave’s drinking fountain. Right-hand: jewellery, tea-pots, the sweetest French poplins, and Jersey pears.”

Descriptive letterpress by Francis Frith from his book 'The Gossiping Photographer at Hastings'.

This view by Francis Frith (1822-1898) of Trinity Church and the Waldegrave Fountain in Hastings, East Sussex, is one of sixteen photographs illustrating his book ‘The Gossiping Photographer at Hastings’ published in 1864. Frith was a pioneer in the field of travel photography, beginning his career with three trips to Egypt and the Holy Land between 1856 and 1860. In 1859 he founded his own publishing firm in Reigate, Surrey, which issued albums and postcards of views throughout Britain. The firm was very successful and became the largest of its kind in the 19th century, continuing to be run as a family business until 1971. In Frith’s first album, ‘Egypt and Palestine Photographed and Described’, he also wrote the text that accompanied his photographs and this form of dual authorship is continued in ‘The Gossiping Photographer at Hastings’. Its text is notable for the gently satirical attitude which he adopts towards the English seaside resort, its history, and the habits of its 19th-century visitors.

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