Orange Woman: 1872

Gustave Doré

 
Orange Woman: 1872
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

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Illustration showing an orange seller, from 'London: a Pilgrimage' by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, 1872. According to Henry Mayhew in 'London Labour and the London Poor' (1861) the majority of the street sellers of oranges were 'women and children, and the great part of these are Irish'. Mayhew noted that the 'smallness of the sum required to provide a stock of oranges (a half-hundred being 15d. or 18d.), enables the poor, who cannot raise "stock-money" sufficient to purchase anything else, to trade upon a few oranges'. [12d = 5p]

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