Cleansing and Paring Sheep Skins for Wool Rugs; c1885

Geoffrey Bevington

Cleansing and Paring Sheep Skins for Wool Rugs; c1885
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 26cm x 22cm

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This photograph records the process of manufacturing leather, as produced by Bevington & Sons, Neckinger Mills, Bermondsey and St. Thomas's Street, Southwark. Three men are shown at work cleansing and paring sheep skins for wool rugs outside the factory building. An overseer stands centrally behind the working men. Tools and equipment lie in the foreground. A clock hanging on the brick wall records the time of 1.40 p.m. Bevington & Sons Leather Manufactory was established in 1795. A young 23 year old Geoffrey Bevington, a keen amateur photographer, recorded the scene for display on the firm's stand at the 1862 International Exhibition in South Kensington.

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