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 the murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral (1170).

Dramatic Victorian picture showing the Black Prince at the battle of Crecy (1346).

Victorian picture to download showing an illustration of the medieval Knights of St John defending a castle.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of Dr Johnson and his pet cat Hodge.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of African slaves being loaded on a slave ship.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a lamplighter tending an oil street lamp in the 18th century.

Victorian illustration to download showing a portrait of the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a fleet of Roman galleys with banners flying.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of labourers dismantling Temple Bar, London, in 1878. They take the stones apart…

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the politician William Gladstone speaking to a large crowd from the hustings…

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a man, a Christian martyr, or a criminal, being burnt at the…