Street urchins and portrait of benefactor

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a boy shoeblack (his equipment is in the foreground) pointing out a portrait of his benefactor, Lord Shaftesbury, to a younger street urchin. They are looking into the shop window of the printseller Henry Graves in Pall Mall, London. The older boy wears the uniform of the London Shoeblack Brigade. This was founded by Lord Shaftesbury (politician, philanthropist and social reformer) and John MacGregor in 1851 to regulate young shoeblacks by giving them uniforms, equipment and regular pitches and by encouraging church attendance and moral instruction.  This illustration was engraved from the painting ‘Lost and Found’ by William Macduff (1824-81): the older boy, who has been ‘found’, is recruiting the ‘lost’ boy to the Brigade.

#Picture Number SO166

 


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