P&O Pencillings by  William Whitelock Lloyd, 1891

open pages of a book showing illustrations of luggage being loaded onto a ship and a ship sailing

In 1891 P&O commissioned artist William Whitelock Lloyd to produce pen and ink drawings of life on board a P&O liner to be sold to passengers as a keepsake of their voyage.  The sketches were drawn on board the steamship  'Himalaya' as it travelled from Southampton to India via the Suez Canal and are brilliantly evocative of life aboard the liners of the time.  They show the hustle and bustle of embarkation and departure, the problems with dressing and eating at sea, and the stifling heat that led to many passengers moving their mattresses up on deck to sleep.

Archive reference 540.P&O.LLO/R/OS