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

 


 

A London Crowd greets Prince AlbertA London Crowd greets Prince Albert
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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
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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
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Victorian picture showing Alfred the Great (849-899) burning the cakes.

 


 

Assyrian sculpture arrives at British Museum, 1852Assyrian sculpture arrives at British Museum, 1852
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a balloon ascent in Dijon, France, in 1784.

 


 

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

 


 

Banqueting hall, 16th CenturyBanqueting hall, 16th Century
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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
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Victorian picture showing an illustration of horsemen charging in a 10th-century battle.

 


 

Battle of BannockburnBattle of Bannockburn
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Victorian picture showing the battle of Bannockburn (1314).

 


 

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

 


 

Blind students in swing boatBlind students in swing boat
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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.

 


 

Boston Tea Party, America 1773Boston Tea Party, America 1773
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Victorian picture showing the Boston Tea Party (1773).

 


 

Boy saves baby from drowningBoy saves baby from drowning
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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 site for the Royal Courts of JusticeBuilding site for the Royal Courts of Justice
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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!
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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
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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.

 


 

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

 


 

Charge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light Brigade
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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
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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).

 


 

Clandestine Huguenot serviceClandestine Huguenot service
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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of Huguenots (Protestants), forbidden to practise their religion in France, holding a secret outdoor service.

 


 

Coal mine exterior: Blantyre Colliery near GlasgowCoal mine exterior: Blantyre Colliery near Glasgow
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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the exterior of a coal mine: No 3 pit, Blantyre Colliery, near Glasgow. Railway trucks are loaded with coal and pit props.

 


 

Cranes lifting crashed steam locomotiveCranes lifting crashed steam locomotive
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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of cranes lifting a crashed steam locomotive after the Abbots Ripton disaster, 1876.

 


 

Cricketers, including W G GraceCricketers, including W G Grace
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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of seven famous cricketers, including W G Grace aged 22 and already with a bushy beard, standing in front of the Pavilion at Lord's Cricket Ground.

 


 

Dancing the quadrilleDancing the quadrille
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Victorian illustration to download showing a reproduction of a print of two smart society couples dancing the quadrille, c1815.

 





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