Hand coloured etching. On watermarked paper, '1818'. Platemark: 250 x 345mm (9¾ x 13½").
A crowd enjoy themselves at a fair ground, with a troupe of harlequins performing on a stage. Various amusements can be seen in the background as well as a large tent inscribed, 'Best Gin in the World', to the right. The famous 'Fairlop Oak' is seen in the centre. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the annual excursion to Fairlop had become one of London's most popular entertainments, with as many as a hundred thousand people being drawn through Ilford to the fair in the forest.
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