Edwin Henry Landseer

British, b.1802, d.1873

Chimney Sweeps

  • 1848
  • Etching
  • Gift of Councillor George Griffiths
  • 261 x 381mm
  • 69/524

The son of an esteemed London engraver, Edwin Landseer displayed prodigious talent by exhibiting his paintings at the Royal Academy from age thirteen. This work, made when he was twenty, portrays the harsh reality of child exploitation in 1820s Britain, and the perilous occupation of chimney sweeping.

(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)

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