Shilling Day, International Exhibition, London, 1862.
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Plate taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. The price of travel from the provinces to the International Exhibition was reduced to one shilling, and the engraver mockingly depicts the clas of people who were thus able to enter. The crowd, which includes a sailor, a black man, some loose-looking women and a drunkard, is gathered in front of a series of machines for weaving flax, but seems more interested in picnicking, gosiping and concluding deals.