Detail of plague broadsheet comprising nine scenes relating to the 1665 plague
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Detail of plague broadsheet comprising nine scenes relating to the 1665 plague. The text summarises bills of mortality at that and previous plague visitations. The 1665 plague killed around 100,000 people. This broadsheet has nine illustrations of the: The sick at home; Shutting up the houses - once the plague had infected one member of a family, they were all locked into the house to prevent the disease spreading; Fleeing London by boat - 10,000 people camped on boats in the Thames to avoid infection; Fleeing London by land - wealthy citizens, including the King and his court, escaped to uninfected areas; Carrying the corpses; Carrying the dead in carts; Burying the dead - the ground level in London's cemeteries rose by several feet due to the number of dead buried in them; Funeral procession; Return to London - by October 1665 the number of deaths started to decrease and people gradually returned to London.
1666 AD - 1666 AD