The empty streets of Manchester at the time of the Great Exhibition, 1851.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Etching entitled 'Manchester in 1851' by George Cruikshank suggesting that the busineses of Manchester have temporariily closed because the city's inhabitants are in London for the highly succesful Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations. Oustide the busineses signs are hanging saying 'gone to Great Exhibition - return in a month' and 'gone to the grand show'. This image of Cruikshank's stands in contrast to one where he depicts London as being at a standstill from the volume of visitors to the city and exhibition. Published by D Bogue.