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The frost fair on the river Thames in 1715-1716. Woodcut. This view is taken from near Temple Stairs, with Old London Bridge in the background, with many people and tents in the foreground. Many of these individual tents are lettered, indicating what amusements can be had on the ice. A. The Nine-pin Playing; B. Cripple Atkins roasting an Ox; C. Boys sliding; D. The Printing Booth; E. The Musick Booth; F. A shoulder of Mutton roasting in a String at the sign of the Rat in a Cage; G. The Tavern; H. The Rowling Press; I. The Geneva Booth; K. The Gingerbread Stall; L. The Goldsmiths; M. Hussing Jack; N. Will. Ellis, the Poet, and his Wife Bess Rhiming on the hard Frost. From the Printing-house in Bow Church Yard. This is one of a genre of frost fair prints which were made up in advance by a printer and then customized on the ice, with the name of the purchaser.
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