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A child with his chimney-sweeping tools on his shoulders, the regular black clothing of a sweep, a bowl of meal and a little grin of having a break for meal after the tiresome work-hours represents a perfect, happy and satisfied embodiment of a child-sweep from the 19th century by the artist in this genre painting. But, the current painting is not even near to the actual situations of the real child sweep in old times. They were more similar to the African slaves before the whites left the job and Africans were imported and forced to do the job. In old times, until around the end of the 19th century, small kids were used as sweep (kids as little as 4 years old). After the […]

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