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View, England, London, River Thames in Winter, Antique Print, 1825


Wyke (after)
James Stow (c. 1770 – p. 1820) (engraver)
N.W. View of the Fair on the River Thames, During the Great Frost 1683-4 from an Original Drawing by Wyke in the British Museum Taken near the Temple Stairs
Wilkinson, London: 1825
Black and white engraving
11 x 13.5 inches, sheet
9 x 12 inches, overall

Groups of Londoners stroll through a “frost fair” set up on the frozen River Thames.

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From the late 17th to the early 18th centuries was a time of generally cold temperatures world-wide, known as the “Little Ice Age” and famous for “Frost Fairs” on the frozen Thames in London. Londoners took advantage of these freezes to engage in winter sports and set up fairs. “The Thames has been known to freeze over on several occasions, but the great freeze of 1683-4 was the longest in London’s history. The diarist John Evelyn recorded that ‘Streetes of Boothes were set upon the Thames… all sorts of Trades and shops furnished, & full of Commodities…” (“Changing London,” Museum of London).

James Stow was a British artist.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, soiling, wear, soft creases.


“Changing London.” London, U.K.: Museum of London, 2001. (15 April 2002).

“Metereology at Armagh.” Northern Ireland: Armagh Astropark. (15 April 2002).

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19th Century