Magic Lantern Slide: Bristol Misericord - Slug the Packman

This photographic slide by William Weaver Baker shows a misericord in Bristol Cathedral. The scene on this misericord depicts a large slug with a package strapped to its back underneath a tree. The man on the right is leading the slug and on the left is another man with a whip. Misericords did not always have religious themes as shown by this example, but often contained moral or entertaining messages. The misericords in Bristol Cathedral date from 1515 to 1526, and are on the underside of stall seats to provide a shelf to perch on when standing during long services.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Common Name
Magic Lantern Slide: Bristol Misericord - Slug the Packman
Simple Name
Full Name
Lantern Slide: Bristol Misericord - Slug the Packman
whole width 83 mm; whole H 83 mm; whole TH 2.5 mm
Production Person Surname
Production Person Initials
W. Weaver
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914); World War I (1914-1918); Inter War (1918-1939)
Production Country
United Kingdom
Production Area Region
Production Continent
Family Group

glass; paper; photographic emulsion
Inscription / Transcription
handwritten 'MISERICORDE BRISTOL' on top edge; handwritten 'Bristol Misericord. Slug the Packman' on mount

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