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The Best London Images From Wellcome Library

The Best London Images From Wellcome Library

Recently, Wellcome Library released 100,000 high-resolution images into the public domain. The scans include 'manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements', and collectively serve as a vast visual resource for the history of health and medicine. The collection is available under a Creative Commons licence that allows you to download and reuse any image for personal or commercial purposes, without charge.

Among the archive are plenty of images of general London interest. We've included some of our favourite discoveries in the gallery below.

L0006579 Engraving: 'Monster Soup..." by William Heath
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'Monster Soup, commonly
called Thames Water',
Coloured engraving
1828 By: William HeathPublished: [1828?]

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Monster Soup - a parody of the state of Thames water - by William Heath, 1828.
L0018931 A panorama of London seen from the south: above, Westminster
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A panorama of London seen from the south: above, Westminster, below, the City of London. Wood engraving by F. J. Smyth, 1845.
Wood engraving
1845 By: F.G. Smythafter: Frederick James SmythIllustrated London News
Published: 11 January 1845

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A panorama of London seen from the south. Wood engraving by F. J. Smyth, 1845.
L0023698 London and the River Thames seen from the south, from
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Section of coloured wood engraving of London showing the Thames at Greenwich.
1845 after: Frederick James SmythPublished: 11 January 1845.

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London and the River Thames seen from the south. Note the vast railway viaduct in the foreground, which still exists, and the absence of buildings on the Isle of Dogs and Greenwich Peninsula. 1845
L0051628 Sketch of London where amulet necklaces were found
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Sketch made by Edward Lovett, showing districts of London where Lovett had collected blue amulet necklaces, which were thought to protect the wearer from illness. The necklaces were later passed on to the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum
14 September 1914 Lovett, E
Edward Lovett
Published:  - 

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Sketch of the London locations where Edward Lovett discovered amulet necklaces, which were thought to protect the wearer from illness. 1914
L0027741 Charles Booth, Life and labour of the people
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Descriptive map of London poverty, 1889 (south- western sheet)
Life and labour of the people in London
Charles Booth
Published: 1892 - 1897

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A section of Charles Booth's famous poverty map, colour-coded for levels of wealth. It can be downloaded at high resolution from Wellcome Library. 1892 - 1897

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maarivekki

my truest congratulations on the research