Historical Scenes and Events

Victorian illustrations showing scenes, events and people from British and world history, including battles and conflicts,  kings and queens, historical buildings and interiors, political movements, social conditions, and more ...


 

A band plays in gardensA band plays in gardens

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a well-dressed crowd listening to a band play from a bandstand in the Horticultural Gardens of London's International Exhibition, 1871.

 


 

A Chartist riotA Chartist riot

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a Chartist riot between working-class men and gentlemen on the platform at a Chartist meeting.

 


 

A city market, c1750A city market, c1750

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of stalls and traders at an open-air city market, Fleet Market, London, c1750.

 


 

A flooded streetA flooded street

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a flooded city street. One man wades knee-deep, while others get about in rowing boats.

 


 

A London Crowd greets Prince AlbertA London Crowd greets Prince Albert

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a London crowd welcoming Prince Albert on the eve of his wedding (1840).

 


 

African village: skulls on polesAfrican village: skulls on poles

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a village in Africa visited by Dr Livingstone: thatched huts are surrounded by poles topped with human skulls.

 


 

Alfred burns the CakesAlfred burns the Cakes

Victorian picture showing Alfred the Great (849-899) burning the cakes.

 


 

Alterations being made to Burlington HouseAlterations being made to Burlington House

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the gateway to Burlington House, Piccadilly in 1868 when alterations were being made to accommodate the Royal Academy.

 


 

Assyrian sculpture arrives at British Museum, 1852Assyrian sculpture arrives at British Museum, 1852

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of an Assyrian statue, excavated at Nimrud/Kalhu (Nineveh), being winched up a ramp over the steps of the British Museum in 1852.

 


 

Attempt to swim the English Channel by Captain Webb, 1875Attempt to swim the English Channel by Captain Webb, 1875

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of Captain Webb drinking coffee during his attempt to swim the English Channel in 1875.

 


 

Auction at the Crystal Palace, c1852Auction at the Crystal Palace, c1852

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of an auction at the Crystal Palace just before the building was removed to Sydenham and reconstructed there in 1852.

 


 

Balloon ascent from Vauxhall GardensBalloon ascent from Vauxhall Gardens

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the ascent of the Great Nassau Balloon from Vauxhall Gardens in 1850, watched by enthusiastic crowds, including members of the Nepalese embassy (left).

 


 

Balloon Ascent, 18th CenturyBalloon Ascent, 18th Century

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a balloon ascent in Dijon, France, in 1784.

 


 

Balloon designed by MontgolfierBalloon designed by Montgolfier

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the ascent of a Montgolfier-designed balloon in 1784.

 


 

Banqueting hall, 16th CenturyBanqueting hall, 16th Century

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the 16th-century Banqueting Hall at Hoghton Tower, Lancashire, where James VI and I knighted a joint of beef and created the sirloin.

 


 

Battle between horsemen and Footsoldiers, 10th CenturyBattle between horsemen and Footsoldiers, 10th Century

Victorian picture showing an illustration of horsemen charging in a 10th-century battle.

 


 

Battle of BannockburnBattle of Bannockburn

Victorian picture showing the battle of Bannockburn (1314).

 


 

Bear BaitingBear Baiting

Illustration to download showing a picture of bear baiting in Tudor times.

 


 

Blind students in swing boatBlind students in swing boat

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of students at a school for blind children enjoying a ride in a swing boat (rocking boat) at the Royal Normal College for the Blind, founded 1872.

 


 

Blondin and his tightropeBlondin and his tightrope

Victorian illustration to download showing a portrait of the world-famous tightrope walker Blondin standing beside his coiled-up tightrope. In 1861 he made his first London appearance at the Crystal Palace.

 


 

Boston Tea Party, America 1773Boston Tea Party, America 1773

Victorian picture showing the Boston Tea Party (1773).

 


 

Boy saves baby from drowningBoy saves baby from drowning

Victorian picture to download illustrating 'Osborne's leap': in 1559 Osborne leapt from London Bridge to save the Lord Mayor's daughter from drowning in the River Thames.

 


 

Building new Westminster Bridge, 1855Building new Westminster Bridge, 1855

Victorian illustration to download showing labourers building the new Westminster Bridge in 1855 (it opened 1862). Staging has been erected beside the old bridge and in the foreground are cast iron piles and plates.

 


 

Building site for the Royal Courts of JusticeBuilding site for the Royal Courts of Justice

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of labourers working on the building site for the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London in 1871.

 


 

Building St Paul's: no swearing!Building St Paul's: no swearing!

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a foreman and builders at St Paul's Cathedral, London, reading the architect Christopher Wren's notice forbidding swearing.

 


 

Butcher sells exotic meatsButcher sells exotic meats

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a butcher's shop during the Paris Siege, 1871, selling meat from zoo animals, including elephant, bear and ostrich.

 


 

Buyer of gold at gold diggingsBuyer of gold at gold diggings

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a buyer of gold at gold diggings weighing the gold in his scales brought to him by diggers.

 


 

Cavaliers and PuritansCavaliers and Puritans

Victorian picture showing Cavaliers and Puritans (17th century).

 


 

Charge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light Brigade

Victorian picture showing a dramatic encounter during the Charge of the Light Brigade (the battle of Balaclava, the Crimean War, 1854).

 


 

Choir at school for blind childrenChoir at school for blind children

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a choir, organist and pianist at a school for blind children giving a concert (the Royal Normal College for the Blind, founded 1872).

 





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