An early black and white print showing men gathering ice from a canal. They are using carts and hand tools.

The picture shows ice being gathered from a canal in winter. Ice from canals and ditches and ponds was not clean enough to be consumed by people. The ice merchant Carlo Gatti gathered his ice from the Regent's Canal in London. However the supply of ice was not enough. The expansion and greater wealth of Victorian London meant that more ice was needed than the canals could provide.

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