Historical Scenes and Events

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Victorian illustration showing a dramatic railway accident. A steam locomotive and three carriages have fallen from a timber bridge spanning…

Victorian illustration showing the inauguration by the Prince Consort of the Albert Viaduct, Saltash in 1859. Crowds cheer as the…

Victorian illustration showing the opening of London's first public drinking fountain, 1859. A large crowd has gathered and flags are…

Victorian illustration showing two ships in a serious accident in a narrow dock. They have jammed together, both ships are…

Victorian illustration showing the room in which the Scottish poet Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Ayrshire.

Victorian illustration showing a dramatic picture of a man demonstrating fireproof clothing. He emerges unharmed from a blazing building wearing…

A flock of llamas, including a young one, are tended by their owner. This was the first flock to be…

Victorian illustration showing a fire disaster at a coal mine. Smoke rises from the colliery. Miners and miners' families gather,…

The paying-out machine for laying the Atlantic Telegraph cable stands on the deck of HMS Agamemnon, 1858. A wooden structure…

Victorian illustration showing a mountain porter from Ecuador with a pack on his back. He assisted the mountaineer Whymper at…

The tiny sailing boat 'City of Ragusa' crosses the Atlantic in 1870. The windmill at her stern powers a propeller.

Huge blocks of ice 2 feet thick block the river Thames at London Bridge, February 1870.

Zoo elephant in a small indoor cage is killed by firing squad.

Inauguration of new lifeboat at Sunderland, 1858

Victorian picture showing a dramatic encounter during the Charge of the Light Brigade (the battle of Balaclava, the Crimean War,…

Illustration to download showing a 17th-century scholar in a library, with pupil and dogs.

Victorian picture to download showing a medieval apothecary (druggist) in his workroom.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the English explorer and naturalist Charles Waterton (1782-1865) birds'-nesting on the cliffs…

Victorian illustration to download showing a portrait of John Smeaton (1724-92), civil engineer, designer of the Eddystone Lighthouse.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Eastern laying the first transatlantic telegraph cable,…

Victorian illustration to download showing a portrait of Lord Macaulay (1800-1859), poet, historian and politician.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the Rebecca riots of the early 1840s in Wales. Masked men and…

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the interior of the Great Conservatory, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, designed by Joseph Paxton.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a village in Africa visited by Dr Livingstone: thatched huts are surrounded…

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of Huguenots (Protestants), forbidden to practise their religion in France, holding a secret…