"Pier Road, Whitby"
An almost ‘stage set’ effect is suggested in this evocative photograph by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, which must rank high amongst records of the Victorian era, which are at once realistic and yet pictorial.
It depicts Pier Road, Coffee House Corner and Whitby's lower harbour in the 1890s. The Marine Hotel can be seen in the mid-distance with Haggersgate dimly leading off to the right and the Neptune Inn on its corner.
For the technically minded, the photograph was taken on a 8 ½” x 6 ½” glass dry plate and is a difficult one to print, with dense highlights in the sky area and extremely subtle tones running through the rest of the image. Added to this, the original negative is very blemished requiring hours of hand finishing to obtain a presentable result.