Photographer: Sedgfield, Russell
Medium: Photographic print
In his book "The Isle of Wight" James Redding Ware describes the growth of Ventnor from "a small fishing village, beyond the notice of the mappist" to "one of the leading towns in the isle...On the beach may be now and again found very clear crystal pebbles. These are Ventnor diamonds. But the truer diamonds are the brightened eyes which are bestowed upon the invalids by the health-giving powers of this town...In the height of summer it appears to exhibit the meteorological phenomenon of falling below the average temperature of the island as the thermometer rises...It is in winter however, that Ventnor becomes a kind of earthly paradise to the invalid, so sheltered is it by the hills around."