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Slide set: The robbers (recitation: York & Son, 12 slides, in/before 1887)

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Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
Two robbers asking for charity at an old gentleman's house
Slide 2
He regales them in a sumptuous manner
Slide 3
He fills their bags with the broken victuals
Slide 4
They return at night to break into the house
Slide 5
They commence the attack
Slide 6
The old man is quietly reading, and hears the noise
Slide 7
He drops from the window to surprise them
Slide 8
They have succeeded in getting their bodies partly through
Slide 9
The old man comes very quietly round the corner
Slide 10
He nails them securely to the wall
Slide 11
He belabours them with his whip
Slide 12

no image available
Number of slides

York & Son, England

Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1887-1914 (item ref. 118)

in stock of J. Brandon Medland, 1889

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 1812)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 43)

in stock of Ivens & Co., 1913

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (latest possible 1887)
Source of slide images
Related slide set

possibly same as The gentleman and the robbers (story: Newton & Co., 12 slides, in/before 1913)

People involved in slide production

STEUB, Fritz  (1844-1903) – creator of source image(s), all 12 slides


The images are clearly based on the style of Wilhelm Busch, but the source story has not yet been identified.

The E.G. Wood 1894 catalogue uses the title The settler and the savages and the Lizars catalogue uses the title The Ashantee robbers.

Many thanks to Derek Adams for identifying Steub as the creator of the original images on which the slides were based.


11 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000466

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 27 April 2020

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