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The Fair on the Thames, February 4th 1814, by Luke Clenell.

The Fair on the Thames, February 4th 1814, by Luke Clenell.
The Frost Fair of 1814.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: 2197
Description: 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.
Creator: Luke Clennel (artist & engraver): Reeve (engraver): Hassell & Rickards (publishers): T & I Elvey (publishers)
Date: 1 May 1814
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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