Upwey in Dorset, circa 1870
An albumen print view of the village of Upwey in Dorset, showing St Laurence’s Church and its graveyard. Much of the church dates from the late 15th century, although earlier fragments have survived. Today the village is a suburb of Weymouth, located 4 miles north of the town centre.
A calèche and driver in the foreground add human interest to the composition.
The photographer is unidentified but the negative number 8058 identifies the photograph as the work of Francis Frith.
Condition: both the print and the mount are in excellent condition, the print having particularly good tonal range. An inked inscription in the lower margin in a 20th-century hand identifies the location. The print is mounted on a clean, stiff section of album page. The reverse of the mount carries an albumen print showing some wooden steps leading down a cliff to a beach.
Dimensions: the print measures 6.1” by 8.2” (15.7 cm by 20.8 cm); the mount measures 7.3” by 9.6” (18.7 cm by 24.3 cm).