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

Victorian illustration showing a two men, hampered by snow shoes, running a race on grass, watched by a large crowd.

Victorian illustration showing the men's day room at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Men are reading, chatting, smoking and playing board…

Victorian illustration showing a vapour bath in a public bath house. The bather can sit in a 'cage' covered with…

Victorian illustration showing a fete in the garden of a large country house. Activities include maypole dancing and an archery…

Victorian illustration to download showing two men in a Chinese opium den; one drowses while the other lights his pipe.

Victorian illustration showing a mother and her children enjoying themselves in the country. They are relaxing in a grassy spot…

Victorian illustration showing a family having fun playing at horse racing. The father and one of his sons are 'horses',…

Victorian illustration showing children at a children's party grouped round a Christmas tree lit with candles. Parents and adults look…

Victorian illustration showing morris dancers performing in front of a village inn. The landlady brings out a jug of ale…

Victorian illustration showing a scene typical of British India, early morning breakfast or chota hazri. Two men lounge on a…

Victorian illustration showing a sailor getting an electric shock from a machine in a science museum. A crowd look on…

Victorian illustration showing men, women and children at a Christmas party playing the game of snapdragon. They are snatching raisins…

Victorian illustration showing a magic lantern show at a children's party. The magic lantern operator is projecting a comic slide…

Victorian illustration showing a ballerina wearing a full, short dress dancing on stage with her partner.

Victorian illustration showing children climbing poles and swinging on ropes and bars in an outdoor gymnasium; families look on.

Victorian illustration showing two monks. One plays a harpsichord, the other sings, following the music from a large illuminated book.

A horse and its jockey are cheered by a fashionable crowd after winning a horse race.

Victorian illustration showing a grandson defeating his grandfather at a chess game.

Maypole dancers perform on the lawn at Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea, watched by a well-dressed crowd.

Well-dressed people attend a flower show; one woman smells the roses. The women's dresses have frills, flounces and bustles.

Drummer girl: young woman dressed as a soldier beats a side drum.

Woman circus performer jumps through hoops from the back of a horse.

Circus performer standing on two horses at once jumps gate.

Victorian picture showing three young women in evening dresses at a ball.