Vol. 1 of 4. Introductory chapters on the racial origins of street people. Describes sellers of various commodities including stationery, literature and the fine arts. Illustrations of a number of the traders annd of street art. Written in the1840s, Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor is a detailed and far reaching examination of life in Victorian London, and Victorian life in general. It is a social observation which makes use of interviews and anecdotes, particularly with the lower classes, and provides details about poverty, class, work, crime, public health, sexual immorality, racial / cultural difference, religion, diet, disability. There are also large amounts of statistical information about population, crime rates, and income. It provides a clear overview of the diversity of Victorian society, and is very useful for those studying attitudes towards different races / cultures, or portrayals of disability.

Item number 42660
Category Book
Type London
Dimensions length231mm; breadth 154mm; thickness 37mm
Language English
Country of origin UK
Related people Henry Mayhew (author)

Part of the Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell Collection