The Humours and Diversions of Bartholomew Fair: 18th century
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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.
1730 AD - 1735 AD