Once settled in Scarborough, Sarony's fortunes improved. Scarborough was fast becoming one of the most fashionable holiday resorts in the north of England and the type of visitors the town attracted were obvious clients for the new fashion of photography.
Sarony's studios went from strength to strength and at their height - when this photograph was probably taken - it extended to 98 rooms and employed over 100 employees. By 1871 it claimed to be the largest photographic studios in Europe. By the end of the decade, Sarony was dead and the studio had been taken over by his nephew. It continued to be a substantial photographic undertaking for the rest of the century but the years of rapid growth were behind them.