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Crossing sweepers resting under an arch, 1850

Crossing sweepers resting under an arch, 1850


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Crossing sweepers resting under an arch, 1850

3478696 Crossing sweepers resting under an arch, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting crossing sweepers resting under an arch. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Media ID 38460224

© Universal History Archive/UIG / Bridgeman Images

Arches Asleep Crossing Sweepers Doze Falling Asleep Homeless Homelessness Napping Penury Poors Precariousness Rest Sweep Sweepers Taking A Rest


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This print captures a poignant moment in history, showcasing crossing sweepers taking a much-needed rest under an arch in 1850. The image transports us back to the bustling streets of the 19th century, where poverty and homelessness were rampant. The sweepers, weary from their laborious task of keeping the streets clean, find solace in this brief moment of respite. Their tired bodies lean against the stone arch, seeking comfort and shelter from the harsh realities of their daily lives. As they drift off into sleep or simply close their eyes to escape reality for a moment, we are reminded of the precariousness of their existence. These individuals live on the fringes of society, facing constant struggles and hardships that most can only imagine. Through this powerful illustration, we are confronted with the stark contrast between wealth and poverty, privilege and struggle. It serves as a reminder to appreciate our own blessings and privileges while also sparking empathy for those who are less fortunate. In a world that often overlooks those who are marginalized and disadvantaged, this print serves as a poignant reminder to acknowledge and address issues of inequality and social injustice.

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