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Gentleman giving alms to a beggar.

Gentleman giving alms to a beggar.
Gentleman giving alms to a beggar.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PV6643
Description: Alms are charitable donations of money or food to the poor. During the 19th century, the dock labourers and their families existed in a state of acute poverty. The casual nature of much of their work meant that the dockers did not receive a regular income. Sometimes, the poor were forced to turn to begging.
Creator: Edward William Cooke (artist)
Date: 13 December 1813
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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