Social Conditions

Victorian pictures illustrating conditions of the poor, workers, and  the unemployed and homeless. Soup kitchen, tramp, child labour, laundresses, servants, working men's club, and more ...


 

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.

 


 

Babies in a charity nurseryBabies in a charity nursery

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of many babies in their cradles in a nursery, watched over by nurses/staff. Two babies play on the floor.

 


 

Ballad singer with wooden legBallad singer with wooden leg

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of an 18th-century scene: a man with a wooden leg sings ballads at a fair.

 


 

Barrel organ playerBarrel organ player

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of children dancing to the music of a barrel organ player in a dark, rough alley.

 


 

Basket Makers in a WorkshopBasket Makers in a Workshop

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of men and women making baskets in a workshop.

 


 

Bed making lessonBed making lesson

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of girls learning how to make a bed by using miniature beds.

 


 

Blind beggar reads the BibleBlind beggar reads the Bible

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a blind man sitting in a street reading aloud from a (?Braille) Bible. A little girl watches his fingers on the page with fascination.

 


 

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.

 


 

Boy Pupil at a Ragged SchoolBoy Pupil at a Ragged School

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a boy pupil at a Ragged School. These charity schools provided free education for destitute children from the 1840s onwards.

 


 

Boys learn shoemakingBoys learn shoemaking

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of boys at the Gordon Boys' Home (founded 1886 as a memorial to Gordon of Khartoum) being taught by their instructor how to make shoes.

 


 

Breton Peasant Woman SpinningBreton Peasant Woman Spinning

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a peasant woman from Brittany, France, sitting spinning by the hearth.

 


 

Brick makersBrick makers

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of brick makers in a brick field. A man and a woman stand at their bench moulding bricks; in the foreground is a pug mill to knead the clay, from which a child brings clay to them.

 


 

Buckingham Palace interiorBuckingham Palace interior

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of well dressed guests arriving at the Picture Gallery, Buckingham Palace, for a state ball.

 


 

Builders and foremanBuilders and foreman

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of building labourers getting orders from their foreman.

 


 

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.

 


 

Butcher's displayButcher's display

Light-hearted Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of men, women and children, both rich and poor, looking at a butcher's display.

 


 

Carts loaded with iceCarts loaded with ice

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of men, women and children bringing ice into a city in heavily-laden carts on a cold, snowy day.

 


 

Charitable visit to destitute familyCharitable visit to destitute family

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a rich woman making a charitable visit to a destitute family in their bare attic.

 


 

Charity concertCharity concert

Victorian illustration showing a picture of a charity concert: a man sings from a stage, accompanied by a woman on the piano, watched by a large audience, including a photographer operating his large camera.

 


 

Charity picnicCharity picnic

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of nuns giving a charity picnic for old people and children.

 


 

Charity play school for poor childrenCharity play school for poor children

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of toddlers and children at a play school run by a charity to enable their mothers to go out to work.

 


 

Chelsea Pensioners in the chapelChelsea Pensioners in the chapel

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of Chelsea Pensioners wearing their uniform and medals sitting on benches in their chapel attending a service.

 


 

Child labour at brick worksChild labour at brick works

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of child labour: children carry heavy lumps of clay on their heads at a brick works.

 


 

Child labour at brickyardChild labour at brickyard

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of child labour in a brickyard, 1871. Two little girls, barefoot and in ragged clothes, are sifting coal dust outside the kilns.

 


 

Child labour in silk factory, ChinaChild labour in silk factory, China

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of children working in a silk factory in China.

 


 

Child labour: brickyard kilnsChild labour: brickyard kilns

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of child labour at a brickyard: a little girl, barefoot and in ragged clothes, is 'punching out the holes', or poking the fires in the kilns.

 


 

Child Labour: Winding CottonChild Labour: Winding Cotton

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of child labour: a girl is minding a large cotton winding machine in a textile mill.

 


 

Child street sweepersChild street sweepers

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of child labour, boy street sweepers.

 


 

Children at Dame SchoolChildren at Dame School

Victorian picture showing young boys at a dame school (small school held in the teacher's home) with their teacher.

 


 

Children in city slum streetChildren in city slum street

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of thin, ragged children and two women in a city slum street.

 





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