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- Object: The March of Interlect or a Sweep & Family, of the 19th. Century
A sweep puffing on a cigar sits in front a fireplace holding a book entitled, "A Treatise on Curing Chimneys by Dr Birkbeck", his young daughter at his knee and his extravagantly dressed wife standing beside him holding a lap-dog; two climbing boys, apparently his sons, one also smoking a cigar, are about to step out into the street and he warns them to "take care you dont be looking into the smutty caricature shops ... mind you attend to her Ladyships Flue, and give her satisfaction, to convince her by practical Experience - That in spite of Doctor Bug-backs noise/ There's no machine like Climbing Boys".
- Production date
- 1824 (c.)
Height: 159 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 206 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A pair to "The March of Interlect or a Dust-Man & Family" (see 1985,0119.338) which has the publication line "London Published by J. L. Marks 17, Artillery Stt. Bishopsgate", and address at which Marks was recorded in 1824; the edges of the present impression are cropped so that there is no publication line.
For the theme of "The March of Intellect" see 2003,0531.29.
George Birkbeck founded the Mechanics' Institution in 1823; he was one of the promoters of the foundation of London University and, among many philanthropic causes, campaigned for the abolition of chimney-sweeps' climbing boys.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Foundation of the Mechanics' Institution and University College London 1823-1826
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- Acquisition notes
- Funds donated by Hamish Davidson of Rockpools at the request of Ingrid Alexander
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