'The Opera boxes during the time of The Great Exhibition', 1851.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Etching by George Cruikshank satirising the lack of accommodation during The Great Exhibition in South Kensington, London. Cruickshank is suggesting that because of the shortage of beds for visitors, people might have to resort to staying the night in an opera box. The etching depicts exhibition goers in their boxes eating, drinking tea and coffee, reading newspapers, shaving, dresing and sleeping. Published by D Bogue.