Gambols on the River Thames Feby. 1814
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Gambols on the River Thames Feby. 1814. Caricature based on the frost fair of 1814 which took place from February 1 to February 5 between London and Blackfriars Bridges. Numerous people carouse, play skittles, slip on the ice in front of three tents which sell alcoholic beverages: "Gin and Gingerbread Sold here wholesale", while a woman near the bridge has a stall selling hot food: "Here's my smoking Hot Sasengers a penney a peic". People look down from Blackfriars Bridge and the patriotism of the scene which is taking place during the Napoleonic wars is evident in the union flag, the injured war veterans and the names of the tents 'Shannon' and 'Nelson'. A printing press has been set up in a tent to the left: "The Thames Printing Office - Copper Plate prints done in the Best Style by J Water Wagtail & Co."
1814 AD - 1814 AD