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An Exact and lively Mapp or Representation of Booths and all the varieties of shows and humours upon the Ice on the River Thames

An Exact and lively Mapp or Representation of Booths and all the varieties of shows and humours upon the Ice on the River Thames

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1684

Shelfmark: Ktop XXVII

Item number: 39

Genre: Topographical Print

During the 17th and 18th centuries the River Thames periodically froze over, making the surface solid enough to walk on. Impromptu celebrations, known as Frost Fairs were held on the river. From December 1683 to February 1684 there was "a mighty frost" and the fair stalls covered the river from the Temple to Southwark. Charles II and his family honoured the revellers with a visit. Accompanying this print is an alphabetical key to the persons and places in the view.

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