The September 1892
edition of The Practical Photographer gives an interesting
account of how the photograph above was taken, during the Convention of
the Photographic Society of the UK, held in Edinburgh in 1892. It
is described as being one of Mr T Sutton's Convention Results.
The journal explained:
"It was obtained on on of the "off"
excursions to Musselburgh. Messrs Sutton (Derby), Wall (The
Amateur Photographer) and Clout (Edinburgh Society) had heard such
enthusiastic reports of the picturesqueness of the Musselboro'
fish-wives that they decided to form a private party to visit
was a boro'
When Edinboro' was nane
An' Musselboro' 'll be a boro'
When Edinboro's gane.
They walked up the toon and doon the toon,
but no fish-wife could they see. Then they spied a policeman who
told them they would find plenty of fish-wives on the beach. So
they hunted up the beach and down the beach and still ne'er a fish-wife.
Not having Mr MH Smith to bawl "fish-wives
ahey!" as he is celebrated for doing on such occasions, they approached
an old fisherman and asked him for three fish-wives. ...
Eventually he returned with one only, but when it was explained to
her that even Conventionists could not make a "group" of one fish-wife,
she undertook to find two others and eventually did so."