'The Preemer Boy', 1814.
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Hand-coloured aquatint by Robert Havell after George Walker from 'The Costume of Yorkshire' by George Walker, published 1814 by Robinson & Son of Leeds. The image shows textile workers finishing cloth using teasels to smooth the cloth and remove imperfections. This was known as carding or 'rooing' the cloth. The preemer is seen kneeling to remove flocks from the used teasels. The preemer was an apprentice, the runner or drudge, the cloth dresing shops employed generally to fetch and carry. 'The Costume of Yorkshire' recorded the social customs, pastimes and occupations of the people of Yorkshire at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.