Orange seller

Orange seller, detail from Ford Madox Brown's Work, 1852-1865This orange seller is being moved on by a policeman for resting her basket of oranges on a post, and in doing so, has dropped all her stock.

Although some richer people may have found this amusing, Ford Madox Brown points out that it is not a joke as the oranges are her livelihood.

At the time, there were believed to be up to 30,000 people selling fruit on the streets. The work may have appealed to immigrant workers such as Irish escaping the potato famine, as it required no place of business and very little capital.