Advert for Vivian & Company tea merchants
Medium: Print on paper
Tea was introduced to Britain around 1650. It was mostly drunk by international merchants, and the public at large was unsure about its origins. Two centuries later, the annual tea consumption of the British population was about 4lbs per person. All classes in Victorian England drank tea: from the Royal family who drank from china cups and stirred their drink with silver spoons, to the working man who needed the nutritious brew after a hard day's work.