Fair on the Thames Feb. 1814.
London, Published March 31, 1814 [by W.B. Cooke, 12 York Place, Pentonville.]
Engraving. 155 x 255mm (6 x 9¾"), with very large margins. Uncut.
A frost fair on the frozen Thames, looking toward St Paul's Cathedral. It started on February 1st and lasted four days, during which time an elephant was led across the river below Blackfriars Bridge and George Davis type-set and printed a 124-page book, 'Frostiana', from a stall on the ice. This was the last frost fair: not only was the climate growing milder but the Old London Bridge, with narrow arches that restricted water flow, was demolished in 1831. From 'The Thames' by Samuel Owen (c.1769-1857).
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