Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, The Water Rats, 1886.
Sutcliffe was a member of the Linked Ring, a society of photographers dedicated to promoting the medium as an art form in the late-Victorian period. The Water Rats provoked consternation amongst conservative sections of Victorian society for its depiction of nude children.
It is one of the earliest examples of using depth of field creatively in the composition of a photograph. [G]