This photograph of the Dryden family and was taken at the landward end of Tate Hill Pier, Whitby in 1901. Starting from the left they are Jane Elizabeth or 'Jinnie', her father Tom, and brother William. In the basket is John Robert, born on 9th January 1901 (died 20th May 1960) being held by his mother Mary Ann and sitting behind her on the harbour rail is the eldest son Tom or 'Tut'.
John Robert later gained the nickname of 'Stow' by stowing away, at the age of five, on the trawler on which his father was a crew member. A full account of this adventure is given in Dora M. Walker's book 'Freeman of the Sea' (Brown & Son, London & Hull 1951).
This photograph illustrates Sutcliffe's eye for composition and ability to pose his subjects so that there is no evidence of camera consciousness.