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Slide set: The drunkard's children (story: York & Son, 8 slides, in/before 1888)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
Neglected by their parents, they are led to the gin shop
Slide 2**
Between the gin shop and the beer shop, the boy thief squanders away his ill-gotten gains
Slide 3**
From the gin shop to the dancing rooms, the poor girl is driven on to misery
Slide 4**
Urged on by his companions and drink, he commits a desperate robbery
Slide 5**
From the bar of the gin shop to the bar of the Old Bailey is but one step
Slide 6**
He is sentenced to transportation for life; the girl is acquitted. The brother and sister part for ever in this world
Slide 7**
The wretched convict droops and dies
Slide 8**
The poor girl, homeless, destitute, and gin-mad, commits self-murder
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of C. Gray, , dates unknown (item ref. 58)

in stock of W.C. Hughes, dates unknown

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1891-1914 (item ref. 412)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 7699)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 410)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 596)

in stock of Church Army, 1913 (item ref. LM 140)

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)
Reading or song

J.W. McCall, ‘The drunkard's children’ in several compilations

Related slide sets

see also The bottle (generic set title – 6 different versions are known)

see generic title The drunkard's children (generic set title – 4 different versions are known)

People involved in slide production

CRUIKSHANK, George  (1792-1878) – creator of source image(s), all 8 slides


Riley catalogue gives the number of slides as 7.


8 slides known to exist in private collection

1 slide known to exist in private collection

8 slides in Museum Sloten (Stedhûs Sleat)

Lucerna ID  3000730

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 11 May 2024

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