Cherry Kearton

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Richard and Cherry Kearton, 1890s

Cherry Kearton (1871–1940) was born in the small Yorkshire Dales (Swaledale) village of Thwaite, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, and was one of the world's earliest wildlife photographers and writers. He first married Mary Burwood Coates, with whom he had a son, also named Cherry, and a daughter, Nina. He later married Ada Forrest, a South African soprano, in 1922. He died in 1940 after reading for the BBC's Children's Hour. The Royal Geographical Society's Cherry Kearton Medal and Award was created in his honour.[1]


Cherry Kearton was a great animal photographer. In the summer of 1896 he and his brother Richard Kearton (1862–1928), a naturalist,[2] reached the Outer Hebridean islands of St Kilda and many other remote places. In 1898 their famous book With Nature and a Camera, illustrated by 160 photographs, was published in London by Cassell.


With the advent of moving pictures the Kearton brothers went their separate ways and Cherry moved into the field of wildlife documentary film making. He directed the following films:



  • Kearton's Wildlife, part of the series Nation on Film BBC Two, 26 February 2007
  • Bevis, John (2007) Direct From Nature: The Photographic Work of Richard & Cherry Kearton, Colin Sackett.
  • Mitchell, W.R. (2001) Watch the Birdie, Castelberg.


  1. ^ "Medals and Awards" (PDF). Royal Geographical Society. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kearton, Richard". Who's Who 59: 962. 1907. 

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