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The Fair on the Thames, Feby.4.1814


Object connections:

User collections Christmas collections by NMMExhibitions
Gallery locationNot on display
EventsThames Frost Fairs, 1814

Object details:

Object ID PAH9908
Description Hand-coloured. Text in English and French below image. Before the demolition of the old London Bridge in 1831, the Thames sometimes froze over during particularly cold winters. Spontaneous 'frost fairs' would follow, as people took to the ice for entertainment, and traders set up stalls. This lively scene from the last great frost fair of 1813-14 shows a real fairground atmosphere, with musicians, refreshment tents and children playing. While the fairs were a delight for most Londoners and a great opportunity for stallholders, they were a disaster for the port.
Date made 1 May 1814

Artist/Maker Clennel, Luke
Hassell & Rickards
T & I Elvey
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials aquatint & etching, coloured
Measurements Sheet: 498 x 591 mm; Mount: 574 mm x 764 mm
  • The Fair on the Thames, Feby.4.1814 (PAH9908)
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