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Slide set: The amateur sweep (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 9 slides, 1891)

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Slide 1
And when it is inclined to smoke, like that they're standing by / Why then, you'll guess it is no joke, and make folks 'fit to fly'
Slide 2
With calm deliberation, he has now made up his mind, / That for the smoky misery a remedy he'll find
Slide 3
And so, as all good workers do, when they begin to clean, / He tackled first the topmost fine, as may now here be seen
Slide 4
He than descended from the chair, a rather sad old chap, / And with a photographic air, removed the stove pipe's cap
Slide 5
A pretty picture now he made as you may plainly see; / He rued that he the filthy trade usurped so cheerfully
Slide 6
And now he got on swimmingly -- exerting every limb: / He filled with soot, as you may see, the tub quite to the brim
Slide 7
Just then his wife came to the door, and when she viewed the scene / She would have fainted on the floor, had there a clean spot been
Slide 8
At least his eloquence prevails -- she wipes her weeping eyes, / And though the mischief she bewails, to raise a smile she tries
Slide 9
With anger she directly fired, and gave him such a snub, / In consternation he retired, and tumbled in the tub
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1891-1914 (item ref. 427)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 667)

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drawing / painting / print
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Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

Robert Craven, ‘The amateur sweep’ in Short lantern readings 11 (1891)


The illustrated slides from the North Tawton collection may be privately-made copies of the original Bamforth set, or possibly were black-and-white slides disbound for hand-colouring by a later owner, possibly S.J. Taylor of North Tawton.


9 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000744

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 16 May 2024

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