Frank Sutcliffe

Posted on by Chris Hewitt


Frank Sutcliffe was born in Headingley, Leeds to the painter Thomas Sutcliffe and Sarah Button. He made a living as a portrait photographer, working first in Tunbridge Wells in Kent and then for the rest of his life in Sleights, Yorkshire. His business in Skinner Street rooted him to Whitby and the Eskdale Valley but, by photographing the ordinary people that he knew well, he built up a complete and revealing picture of a late Victorian town, and the people who lived and worked there.


He was a prolific writer on photographic subjects, contributed to several periodicals, and wrote a regular column in the Yorkshire Weekly Post. His work is in the collection of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society and in other national collections.


He died on 31 May 1941 and was buried in Aislaby churchyard.


I have chosen to show a selection of his work titled “Fisher People”


Fisher People















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