The People of Gibraltar
1865 - Francis Frith - Photographer

Francis, or Frances Frith was born in Chesterfield in 1822. In 1850 he started a photographic studio in Liverpool.  He sold his company in 1855 and dedicated himself entirely to travel and photography.


 Francis Frith ( 1857 - Self Portrait )

By 1859 he had established F. Frith and Co at Reigate producing photographs for albums and book illustrations. These included international travel views some of which were of Gibraltar. Many of these are very similar to those taken by  George Washington Wilson and Co. ( See LINK )  although they probably predate them by a few years. A selection of these historical photographs of the Rock are shown below. 



Windmill Hill


The Rock from the Western Beach, Neutral Ground


The New Mole


North Front


The Arsenal


View of the New Mole


View of the South


View of the town from Waterport


View of the town towards the Queen of Spain's Chair


Neutral Ground from Spain.


A Spanish Bar in Gibraltar - A rare photographs showing local people. The scene is a posed montage supposedly showing different Gibraltar types. Most of the people in it are dressed either in ordinary British style civilian clothes of the mid 18th century or in the Spanish costumes of the Campo area. The ubiquitous Moors and Jews of contemporary literature appear to have been given a miss.