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The View of the Fair in Hyde Park

The View of the Fair in Hyde Park

Engraver: Dubourg

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Ktop XXVI

Item number: 6-k

Genre: Topographical Print

The Great Fair of 1814 allowed Londoners to celebrate the end of the war with France. The entertainment included games booths, swings and roundabouts, cake and apple stalls and military bands. The highlight was a naval re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar on the Serpentine, complete with guns firing at 'French' ships, which slowly sunk to the sound of national anthem. The fair was not universally popular; one local resident complaining that the "stench of liquors, bad tobacco, dirty people and provisions" was polluting the air around the park.

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