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

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
A sweep and a 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**
Full of fun the sweep has temporarily retired to wait for whitewasher. Arrival of that artist on the roof
Slide 4**
Whitewasher prepares to begin work. The sweep reappears and drops some soot into the whitewash
Slide 5**
Whitewasher surprised at colour of whitewash
Slide 6**
Whitewasher discovers his tormentor. The sweep smothers him with soot and departs
Slide 7**
Whitewasher is determined to be revenged. He empties whitewash over sweep
Slide 8**
They both meet downstairs and find their appearances reversed
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisation

in stock of Josiah T. Chapman, 1909-1912

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (earliest possible 1900, latest possible 1907)
Related slide set

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


The slide titles match those of eight slides in the 10-slide Bamforth set of the same title.


8 slides known to exist in private collection

8 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000001

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 4 December 2017

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