The Humours and Diversions of Bartholomew Fair: 18th century

William and Cluer Dicey

The Humours and Diversions of Bartholomew Fair: 18th century
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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The Humours and Diversions of Bartholomew Fair: a crowded scene with three or four substantial stands with external platforms at first floor level - Mrs Harris, tumblers with a monkey; Yeats's Dexterity of Hand (acrobats?) and Pinchbeck's, a "wondrous" musical clock; Lee & Harper, theatricals. In the crowd, through which a carriage is forcing its way, a woman sells fruit and flowers form a wheelbarrow, three dogs fight, and a man buys refreshments from a stall. At the edge, a trapeze artist hangs from a high wire. Appended to the illustration is a detailed history of the Fair and its Pye Powder court, attempts to restore order in 1708, and details of the dissolution of St Batholomew's priory and of the paving of Smithfield in 1614.

Image Details

Artist/Photographer/Maker
 
Date
 
1730 AD - 1735 AD
Image Number
 
003788

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