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

Descriptive data for 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
Number of slides
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1887-1914 (item ref. 102)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of Peter Feathers, 1901

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 80)

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (earliest possible 1883, latest possible 1888)
Related slide set

see also Sweep and whitewasher (story: W. Butcher & Sons, 8 slides, 1900-1907)


Eight of the slide titles match those of the Primus set of the same title. The Riley catalogues give the title as Whitewasher and sweep.


9 slides known to exist in private collection

10 slides known to exist in private collection

10 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3002058

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 17 May 2024

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