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View in Hyde Park with the Fleet at anchor on the Serpentine River

View in Hyde Park with the Fleet at anchor on the Serpentine River

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Ktop XXVI

Item number: 6-m

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The Great Fair of 1814 allowed Londonners to celebrate the end of the war with France. The highlight was a naval re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar on the Serpentine, complete with guns firing at 'French' ships which were slowly sunk to the sound of the national anthem. In this drawing, the fleet is at anchor.

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