Sweep boy: 19th century

Henry George Hine

 
Sweep boy: 19th century
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

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Sweep boy. Watercolour. For many respectable Londoners, 'climbing boys' or chimney sweeps stood for the twin evils of poverty and child labour. In contrast to the increasing comfort of middle-class children, chimney sweeps led wretched lives. Constantly crawling through the narrow sooty chimney flues, they fell victim to disease, deformity and sometimes death.

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