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Slide set: John Ploughman's pictures (lecture: W.C. Hughes, 41 slides, 1880-1883)

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Slide 1
Title slide
Slide 2
If the cap fits, wear it
Slide 3
Burn a candle at both ends, and it will soon be gone
Slide 4
Hunchback sees not his own hump, but he sees his neighbour's
Slide 5
It is hard for an empty sack to stand upright
Slide 6
He who would please all will lose his donkey and be laughed at for his pains
Slide 7
All are not hunters that blow the horn
Slide 8
A handsaw is a good thing, but not to shave with
Slide 9
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face
Slide 10
He has a hole under his nose and his money runs into it
Slide 11
Every man should sweep before his own door
Slide 12
Scant feeding of man or horse is small profit and sure loss
Slide 13
Never stop the plough to catch a mouse
Slide 14
A looking glass is of no use to a blind man
Slide 15
He has got the fiddle, but not the stick
Slide 16
'Great cry and little wool,' as the man said who clipped the sow
Slide 17
You may bend the sapling, but not the tree
Slide 18
A man may love his house, though he ride not on the ridge
Slide 19
Great drinkers think themselves great men
Slide 20
Two dogs fight for a bone, and a third runs away with it
Slide 21
He lives under the sign of the cat's foot
Slide 21A
He lives under the sign of the cat's foot
Slide 22
He would put his finger in the pie, and so he burnt his nail off
Slide 23
You can't catch the wind in a net
Slide 24
Beware of the dog
Slide 25
Like cat like kit
Slide 26
A horse which carries a halter is soon caught
Slide 27
An old fox is shy of a trap
Slide 28
A black hen lays a white egg
Slide 29
He looks one way and pulls the other
Slide 30
Stick to it and do it
Slide 31
Don't put the cart before the horse
Slide 32
A leaking tap is a great waster
Slide 33
Fools set stools for wise men to stumble over
Slide 34
A man in a passion rides a horse that runs away with him
Slide 35
Where the plough shall fail to go, there the weeds will surely grow
Slide 36
All is lost that is poured into a cracked dish
Slide 37
Grasp all and lose all
Slide 38
Scatter and increase
Slide 39
Every bird likes its own nest
Slide 40
[Portrait of Charles Haddon Spurgeon]
Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (earliest possible 1880, latest possible 1883)
Source of slide images

Charles H. Spurgeon, John Ploughman's pictures: or, more of his plain talk for plain people (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1880)

Related slide set

see generic title John Ploughman's pictures (generic set title – 2 different versions are known)

People appearing in slides

SPURGEON, Pastor Charles H.  (1834-1892) – slide 40


The Indispensable handbook of 1888 refers to 40 slides, but the illustrated example includes an additional slide 21A. This matches the subject of illustration [21] of the book, but is taken from another source, probably an alternative illustrated edition.

The images are photographed from the illustrations of Spurgeon's book, and the title slide is a photograph of the book's cover.

The latest possible date of 1883 is based on Hughes' address of Hoxton Street, found on labels on some slides in the set in the RAMM Collection.

Lucerna ID  3007645

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 2 February 2016

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