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The Cottage is a stunning two bedroom property close to the heart of Whitby.Dating back to the 18th Century, this former fisherman's cottage offers a comfortable stay within a 10 minute stroll into the centre of town.
The collections are available to the public (by prior arrangement) as well as members of the Lit & Phil, and are drawn on by individual enquirers and scholars, authors and publishers, archaeologists and town planners among others.He was born in Ruswarp but moved to his beloved Lythe around 1865.After leaving school, he worked for 15 years at Mulgrave Castle but times were hard at the end of the 19th century and he determined to try his hand at earning a living through photography, until then, only a hobby.From the living room you also access the bedrooms and the bathroom.There is a master double bedroom and a twin bedroom.From time to time the Museum’s temporary exhibition programme has included photographic exhibitions drawn from our collections, beginning with the .
Two books of images from our collections are available, both chosen and collated by the late Des Sythes (curator 1994-2008) and published by Tempus, “Around Whitby” and “Whitby – the Second Selection”.
His equipment ranged from the cumbersome brass and mahogany full-plate cameras with their wet collodion process of the late nineteenth century to the hand-held bellows types of this century using celluloid negatives.
Copies of many of his photographs, of which the Whitby Lit & Phil preserves the original glass plate negatives, are available from the Sutcliffe Gallery, Flowergate, Whitby who also publish several volumes of selected images.[Biographical details by courtesy of Watson was a contemporary of F M Sutcliffe, in whose shadow he worked.
The conservatory opens up onto the garden through double doors.
The garden had a lawn as well as a patio area and seating area.
Most of the photographs for which he is now famous were taken, often out-of-season, for his own satisfaction rather than as part of his ‘bread and butter’ work which included much portraiture.