Social Conditions

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Victorian illustration to download showing the men’s gallery in Bethlem Royal Hospital, a lunatic asylum.

Victorian illustration to download showing the women’s gallery in Bethlem Royal Hospital, a lunatic asylum.

Victorian illustration to download showing visitors examining the public drinking fountains outside the entrance to the British Museum – they…

Victorian illustration to download showing the light and airy ward and neat surgery of a Royal Navy hospital ship, 1860.

Victorian illustration to download showing boys working a large bread-making machine and baking the bread.

Victorian illustration to download showing a workman borrowing a book from a horse-drawn mobile library.

Victorian illustration to download showing a tramp at a stile approaching a village – the church spire rises in the…

Victorian illustration to download showing a London watchman carrying his stave and lantern. His job was to keep the peace…

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 a ‘translator’, a man who buys old shoes and mends them to make them wearable…

Victorian illustration to download showing fashionable men and women riding in Rotten Row, Hyde Park, watched by passers-by.

Victorian illustration to download showing nuns hosting an outing for old people and children in a park.

Victorian illustration to download showing the Working Men’s Hospital Saturday, an open-air meeting in Hyde Park in aid of London’s…

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 a carpet weaver at work at his large, complex loom.

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 a fashionable woman giving a boy street sweeper some money, watched by two women and…

Victorian illustration to download showing newsboys running from a newspaper office with bundles of newspapers, keen to sell them.

Victorian illustration to download showing a fish auction in a market hall. The auctioneer stands on a platform, and the…

Victorian illustration to download showing a group of blind basket makers in their workshop.

Victorian illustration to download showing a school board officer, accompanied by a policeman, finding children so as to compel them…

Victorian illustration to download showing a large hospital ward. Patients sit or lie in their beds and nurses tend to…