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Shaftesbury, or Lost and Found: 1862

William MacDuff

Shaftesbury, or Lost and Found: 1862
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 26cm

Full image caption

Shaftesbury, or Lost and Found. Oil on canvas. This painting shows a young shoeblack, shoe cleaner and a street urchin outside the shop of printseller Henry Graves at 6 Pall Mall. The elder boy wears the uniform of the London Shoeblack Brigade, founded by John MacGregor and Lord Shaftesbury in 1851. He is pointing at a portrait of Shaftesbury, and is perhaps recruiting the 'lost' younger boy into the safety of the Brigade.
Shoeblacks, like chimney sweeps, were a worry to respectable Victorians because of their extreme youth. The Brigade aimed to regulate the way shoeblacks made a living by giving them uniforms, equipment and regular street pitches. It also encouraged church attendance and moral instruction.

Image Details

1862 AD - 1862 AD
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