Historical Scenes and Events

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Victorian illustration to download showing stonemasons at work during the re-building of the Houses of Parliament, 1848. They carve roof…

Victorian illustration to download showing high tide on the River Thames; water reaches the base of the Old Royal Naval…

Victorian illustration to download showing the start of the construction of London’s sewer system in 1859. Navvies dig a large…

Engraving by Hogarth showing two apprentice silk weavers in a Spitalfields workshop, the first engraving in his ‘Industry and Idleness’…

Victorian illustration to download showing Revolution House, Whittington, Derbyshire, so named because a meeting here sparked off the Glorious Revolution…

Victorian illustration to download showing a stove invented by the chef Alexis Soyer (1810-58) for use by military barracks –…

Victorian illustration to download showing Bray’s traction engine being demonstrated in the streets of London, 1858.

Victorian illustration to download showing a street decorated for a royal visit in a way typical of the Victorian era:…

Victorian illustration to download showing the attack on a police van in Manchester by Irish nationalists in order to free…

Victorian illustration to download showing the riot in Phoenix Park, Dublin, following the prohibition of a pro-nationalist meeting in 1871.…

Victorian illustration to download showing the siege at the Widow McCormack’s house during the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848. Police…

Victorian illustration to download showing the march of the International Democratic Association to a rally in Hyde Park in support…

Victorian illustration to download showing a rowdy public meeting. The large audience are shouting, gesticulating and waving their hats.

Victorian illustration to download showing the disastrous fire at St Anne’s Church, Limehouse, 1850. A large crowd watches the flames…

Victorian illustration to download showing the Victoria Tower, Houses of Parliament being built in 1850. A steam-powered hoist lifts the…

Victorian illustration to download showing Queen Victoria travelling in the State Coach past Westminster Abbey on her way to Parliament.

Victorian illustration to download showing the ceremonial presentation of new colours (flags) to a Scottish regiment. Kilted soldiers hold the…

Victorian illustration to download showing railway workers working at night to clear wrecked cattle trucks and dead sheep and bullocks…

Victorian illustration to download showing men compressing hay and forage into bales to be loaded on board ship. They are…

Victorian illustration to download showing a contingent of Rifle Volunteers drilling before embarkation to the Crimea.

Victorian illustration to download showing the Crystal Palace being built (1851). Cart horses (heavy horses) raise the roof trusses.

Victorian illustration to download showing the dark, cramped quarters between decks of a ship carrying Irish emigrants.

Victorian illustration to download showing a group of emigrants from Ireland waiting for their ship on a quayside, surrounded by…

Victorian illustration to download showing huge casks of sherry on a quay.

Victorian illustration to download showing the interior of Committee Room No 2, House of Commons.