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Frost fair on the Thames: 1740

Frost fair on the Thames: 1740
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

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Frost fair on the Thames. A souvenir etching of the 1740 Frost fair. A number of tents have been erected on the ice to serve as coffee houses and other entertainments. Groups of people play skittles, flirt and otherwise amuse themselves. One of the booths in the foreground has a printing press and a notice 'Names Printed in here'. This example of this souvenir plate was produced for Mr. Edward Harley and is dated and inscribed in movable type 'Printed on the River of Thames when Frozen over, JANUARY 18, 1739 40'.

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1740 AD - 1740 AD
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