This evocative photograph is taken from an early half plate duplicate negative, probably made from a Kodak rollfilm negative taken around 1900.
Re: The Royal Photographic Society Memorial Lecture by J. L. Hankey on
May 30th 1942 — “Sutcliffe had two favourite pictures and one of them was “November”. It was probably the first photograph in which the figures had not to be halted and posed - plates and films were becoming quicker. It was a chance snap taken near dusk and neither Sutcliffe nor his daughter, who was with him, expected anything to be on the plate. It was taken with a Kodak, Sutcliffe having an arrangement with the company, they supplying him with the latest models as they appeared on the market to try out and he giving them the option of using any picture taken with their apparatus for their own purposes.”