From middle-class children with rosy cheeks playing in the parlour to young soot-covered chimney sweeps at work, depictions of children were common in popular art in the 1800s and frequently carried a moralising message. Well-known illustrators whose work often featured children include George Cruikshank, who illustrated some of Dickens’ works, and the highly successful Gustave Doré. Illustrations such as those below enable us to gain an insight into the conditions in which children lived, as well as the relationships they had with their families and how they were regarded culturally.
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