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Slide set: The donkey and the mill (recitation: York & Son, 12 slides, in/before 1888)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
The peasant and his donkey hasten to the mill
Slide 2**
He fastens his donkey to the sail of the mill
Slide 3**
The wicked miller sets the mill going
Slide 4**
Up goes the donkey
Slide 5**
The poor man hangs by the donkey's tail
Slide 6**
The hair gives way, and down he comes
Slide 7**
The miller is enjoying the sport
Slide 8**
The peasant gets knocked over by the mill
Slide 9**
The mill stops, but the donkey is dead. He vows vengeance
Slide 10**
At night he comes and saws away the mill
Slide 11**
Crack, crack, and at last over goes the mill and miller
Slide 12**
This is the miller's punishment, and the peasant's revenge
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Number of slides

York & Son, England

Other related organisations

in stock of C. Gray, , dates unknown (item ref. 19)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 1762)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 516)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 52)

in stock of Ivens & Co., 1913

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (latest possible 1888)
Person linked to this set

creator of source image(s): BUSCH, Wilhelm  (1832-1908)

Source of slide images

Wilhelm Busch, Der Bauer und der Windmüller (Munich: 1861)

Reading or song

‘The miller and ass’ in several compilations

Related slide set

see generic title The donkey and the mill (generic set title – 2 different versions are known)


The Indispensable handbook uses the title 'The peasant and his ass'.

The images are based on Busch's sequence Der Bauer und der Windmüller of 1861, but have been redrawn for the slides.

The illustrated slides are from two different examples of the set, which accounts for the slight changes in colouration between slides.


3 slides known to exist in private collection

11 slides known to exist in private collection

9 slides in The Hecht Collection: Screen Archive South East (University of Brighton)

12 slides in Royal Albert Memorial Museum Collection

Subject keywords
Lucerna ID  3001899

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 17 May 2024

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