“Trees in a Misty Valley”
A composition which under almost any other conditions would be mundane, becomes a thing of beauty under the influence of a ?sea fret’ - a coastal fog frequently experienced on the North-East coast.
This photograph gained an award at a Tokyo exhibition in 1893. However, the organisers of Tokyo exhibition warned competitors that . . . 'as the standard of taste in Japan was so superior to that of Europe it was quite probable that they would not be able to hand awards to any European exhibits at all! But the award which Sutcliffe unexpectedly received was not a medal but a most artistic and charming piece of laquer work.’