Social Conditions

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Victorian illustration showing a soldier wheeling two wounded soldiers from the battlefield in a wheeled litter.

Victorian illustration showing an army medical cart of the 1860s. These two-wheeled carts carried hospital tents and cooking and medical…

Victorian illustration showing a lacemaker sitting outside her house making pillow lace (bobbin lace). Pins outline the pattern of the…

Victorian illustration showing army medical equipment. Baskets for use on the battlefield contain medicine bottles and dressings and can be…

Victorian illustration showing a hydraulic coal-cutting machine in a coal mine. It has been brought to the coal face by…

Victorian illustration showing the opening of London's first public drinking fountain, 1859. A large crowd has gathered and flags are…

Victorian illustration showing a newly-built workhouse dormitory, 1860s. There are two long rows of wooden bunks. The roof beams and…

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

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

Victorian illustration showing harvest time. Men and women reap the wheat, bind it in sheaves and stack the sheaves in…

Victorian illustration showing ragged children playing in the water from a burst fire hydrant.

Victorian illustration showing an Irish peasant family in a state of abject poverty outside their tumble-down cabin.

Men, women and children make bricks. Clay is tamped into a mould, a horse works a mill to mix the…

Victorian illustration showing a fire disaster at a coal mine. Smoke rises from the colliery. Miners and miners' families gather,…

A young boy shoeblack points out a portrait of his benefactor, Lord Shaftesbury, to a younger street urchin.

Two destitute children, a boy and his little sister, beg for bread from the owner of a baker's shop.

Victorian illustration showing fiddler and his children begging in a busy street.

Two policemen find an abandoned baby on a quayside; in the background is the grief-stricken mother.

Destitute, ragged boys receive a meal of milk and bread from a charitable institution.

Gypsy family relax and cook beside their dome-shaped hut.

Ragged young boy street sweeper holds out his hat asking for money.

Inauguration of new lifeboat at Sunderland, 1858

Victorian picture showing workers sorting rubbish in a London dustyard.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of boys at an industrial school weaving stockings.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a young girl gathering kindling in a wood.