A Country Fair Pl. 1.
Pub.d July 1804 by Pyne & Nattes.
Hand coloured aquatint with etching, very large margins. Platemark: 230 x 295mm (9 x 11½").
A busy composition featuring several popular entertainers. To the left is a stage, with a sign inscribed, 'The Grand Pantomine', upon which is a masked clown and dancing women. A crowd has gathered to watch below and to the side, with stalls and sellers in front. More stalls can be seen in the distance. William Henry Pyne (1769-1843), the son of a London weaver who became an artist and writer, was commissioned to write and illustrate a book by the publisher, William Miller of Albermarle Street, London. The illustrations are particularly notable as they portray British life on the eve of the Industrial Revolution.
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