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Victorian illustration to download showing an 18th-century scene: dancers at a Christmas ball pause under the mistletoe.

Victorian illustration to download showing children at the zoo enjoying rides on two elephants.

Victorian illustration to download showing a group of men and women collecting ferns, a favourite hobby during the Victorian era.

Victorian illustration to download showing a group of well-dressed men and women watching and cheering from the top of their…

Victorian illustration to download showing a seaside holiday scene full of incident, including a troupe of minstrels. A large crowd…

Victorian illustration to download showing a gipsy family on the eve of Derby Day. The mother and children gather round…

Victorian illustration to download showing Cremorne Gardens, London pleasure gardens, by night. An orchestra plays in a brightly-lit pavilion above…

Victorian illustration to download showing a Viennese beer cellar. Barmen and barmaids serve beer from a circular bar, where huge…

Victorian illustration to download showing a large crowd at an agricultural show. Horses trot up and down, and a steam…

Victorian illustration to download showing men, women and children at a museum built in the Victorian Gothic style. They examine…

Victorian illustration to download showing the interior of an ornately decorated Victorian theatre, circular in form, with boxes, circles and…

Victorian illustration to download showing a plant and flower exhibition; well-dressed men and women stroll among the exhibits under an…

Victorian illustration to download showing a cut-away drawing of the interior of Wyld’s Great Globe, a huge model of the…

Victorian illustration to download showing a lecturer demonstrating the rotation of the earth with a Foucault pendulum to a large…

Victorian illustration to download showing a performance by a clairvoyant and her partner.

Victorian illustration to download showing a soiree (evening party) at a chess club, with chess boards set up on tables…

Victorian illustration to download showing men in a clubroom at a dog fanciers’ club getting ready for a dog show.…

Victorian illustration to download showing a man walking fast in a park, with spectators watching and running after him.

Victorian illustration to download showing the ascent of a richly-decorated balloon from a large arena, watched by a huge crowd.

Victorian illustration to download showing the audience watching an opera in an ornate theatre/opera house.

Victorian illustration to download showing a variety act taking place in a theatre: the ‘Air Walker’ walks upside down on…

Victorian illustration to download showing cart horses (heavy horses), perhaps Suffolk Punch horses, in the ring at an agricultural show.…

Victorian illustration to download showing a huge fungus, about 15ft across, growing in a tunnel lit by candles. A well-dressed…

Victorian illustration to download showing a crowd of adults and children at a fete watching a Punch and Judy show.…

Victorian illustration showing women competing in an archery contest. A long line of women draw their bows and aim at…