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.
The Rock from the Western Beach, Neutral Ground
The New Mole
View of the New Mole
View of the South
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.