The Pither family of Long Sutton, 1863
A small albumen print showing a group of musicians, identified as the ‘Sutton Church Musicians’ in a period hand in the lower margin, underneath which their names are given. The sitters can easily be found on the 1861 census. All five of them were born in Long Sutton; the three older members of the family were thatchers by trade.
The portrait is dated 1863. When the photograph was taken, Stephen, seen here on the right, would have 57 years old (he died on 18 April 1886, at the age of 79); George, seen here in the centre, would have been 47 (he died on 20 July 1884, aged 70). The other sitters are George’s sons: Robert, aged 22, a thatcher like his father; Zenas, aged 14; and Amos, aged 13.
The dates of Stephen’s and George’s deaths are on tombstones in the churchyard at Long Sutton, Hampshire.
Condition: the print presents a couple of very small imperfections but is otherwise in excellent condition. The mount has yellowed a little with age along one edge but is otherwise crisp and clean. The reverse of the mount is blank.
Dimensions: the print measures 2.6” by 3.2” (6.5 cm by 8 cm). It is mounted on a slightly larger section of cut-down album page.