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Slide set: The prodigal son (story: Theobald & Co., 12 slides, in/before 1897)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
The home of the Prodigal in his father's house
Slide 2
The younger son asks his father to divide the inheritance
Slide 3
He is not long before packing up his goods
Slide 4
He takes his journey into a far country
Slide 5
He is at last reduced to the greatest distress
Slide 6
But this position eventually proves his salvation
Slide 7
A ragged, weary, deplorable looking figure
Slide 8
The loving father and the repentant son
Slide 9
The best robe is brought forth and the fatted calf killed
Slide 10
But the elder son is angry and refuses to go in
Slide 11
Then came his father and entreated him
Slide 12
And they did rejoice and made merry
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (latest possible 1897)
Source of slide images

James Hamilton and H.C. Selous, The parable of the prodigal son (London: J. Nisbet & Co., 1867)

Reading or song

‘The prodigal son’ in Readings in prose and verse

Related slide set

see generic title The prodigal son (generic set title – 13 different versions are known)

People involved in slide production

SELOUS, H.C.  (1803-1890) – creator of source image(s), slides 2-12


The slide titles are adapted from the text of the reading; the slides themselves carry no titles.

The images for Slides 2-12 are based on the illustrations by H.C. Selous to James Hamilton's 1867 version of the story, but were redrawn for the slides.


1 slide known to exist in private collection

12 slides known to exist in private collection

8 slides in March and District Museum Collection

Lucerna ID  3005979

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 25 July 2020

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