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Slide set: The sweep and the whitewasher (comic: Bamforth & Co., 10 slides, 1883-1888)

Known references to this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
A Sweep and Whitewasher were engaged in the same house to work; before commencing, they take a drink together
Slide 2**
They separate for the purpose of ascending to their work
Slide 3**
The Sweep arrives at his post first
Slide 4**
Full of fun, the sweep has temporarily retired to wait for the whitewasher
Slide 5**
Whitewasher prepares to begin work. The sweep reappears and drops some soot into the whitewash
Slide 6**
Whitewasher commences work. Sweep peeping out of top of chimney watching the result
Slide 7**
Whitewasher surprised at the colour of the whitewash
Slide 8**
Whitewasher discovers his tormentor. The Sweep smothers him with soot and departs
Slide 9**
Whitewasher, determined to be revenged, empties the whitewash down the chimney over the sweep
Slide 10**
They both meet downstairs and find their appearances reversed
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Catalogue of photographic lantern transparencies and apparatus: season 1891-2 (Bradford: Riley Brothers, 1891), 43

“A Laughable Farce in 10 Acts.”

Catalogue of optical lantern slides (Bradford: Riley Brothers, 1905), 20
Lantern slide catalogue (Glasgow: J. Lizars, 1912), 15
Catalogue of lanterns, slides and accessories (London: J.W. Butcher, c.1913), 367
Other reference
Walter D. Welford and Henry Sturmey (compilers), The 'indispensable handbook' to the optical lantern: a complete cyclopaedia on the subject of optical lanterns, slides, and accessory apparatus (London: Iliffe & Son, 1888), 308

“Tormenting each other, they change colour entirely by the aid of whitewash and soot. Reading on each slide.”

Lucerna ID  3002058

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 1 November 2015

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