In pictures: Victorian life

It is a period popularised by Charles Dickens, the Industrial Revoltion, Jack the Ripper and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. But what was daily life like for people in Victorian times? Here, we take a look at Victorian life in pictures… 


This image, dated c1895, depicts a bored teenage girl at a Victorian tea party.


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A courting couple is seen fawning over one another in this c1890 image. 

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This c1862 image shows two young Victorian girls playing with their dolls and dolls’ house.

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Victorian flower women are seen selling bouquets at Covent Garden market, London, in this 1877 image, originally published in Street Life In London by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith (1877).

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A Victorian girl is seen reading a book, her skirts hitched up to show her thick, knee-length stockings, in this image from the London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series, dated c1865. 

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A Victorian bride and groom pose in the garden, in this image dated c1890s.

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A Victorian servant is seen carrying a tray, in this image from the London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series dated c1860.

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A young woman is seen here wearing a corset under her dress, c1890s.

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A young Victorian girl is seen showing a letter to a friend, in this image from the London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series dated c1860. 

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This photograph, taken in c1890 by a wealthy and dedicated amateur photographer Edgar Tarry Adams, shows two of his children, Isobel and Pauline Adams, wearing matching bonnets. Adams first took up photography in the 1880s and carried on taking photographs until after the First World War, creating a fascinating social record of his family, friends and interests.

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This print from The Navy and Army Illustrated, 2 October 1896, is titled ‘The art of boxing, right under the chin’. It was taken in Aldershot, Hampshire.

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A poor woman sits in a doorway holding a baby in her arms, in this photo dated 1877.

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This 1873 image depicts two Victorian fruit sellers in a London street. According to the original publication – Street Life In London by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith, printed in 1877 – the sellers had been shouting out ‘Strawberries, all ripe, all ripe’ .

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This c1860 image depicts the hoops used to support the crinoline dress during Victorian times.


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