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Frost Fair by Jan Griffier the Elder

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Frost Fair by Jan Griffier the Elder

The famous Frost Fair taking place on the frozen River Thames in London in 1683. Freezing to around eleven inches thick, the ice was strong enough to hold shops, stalls, coaches and sleds. The diarist John Evelyn describes bull-baiting, horse-and-coach races, puppet plays and tippling shops. In this painting by Jan Griffier the Elder, Westminster Abbey and Whitehall can be seen on the left and Lambeth Palace on the right. Date: 1683

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This print by Jan Griffier the Elder depicts the legendary Frost Fair that took place on the frozen River Thames in London during the winter of 1683. The ice, reaching an impressive eleven inches thick, provided a solid foundation for an extraordinary scene of commerce and entertainment. Shops, stalls, coaches, and even sleds dotted the icy expanse, transforming the river into a bustling marketplace. The painting offers a glimpse into the past, with Westminster Abbey and Whitehall visible on the left, and Lambeth Palace on the right. The frozen River Thames served as a unique backdrop for a variety of activities, including bull-baiting, horse-and-coach races, puppet plays, and tippling shops. The Frost Fair was a testament to the resilient spirit of the people of London during the seventeenth century, particularly during the Restoration period. The Frost Fair of 1683 is a fascinating historical moment, immortalized in this stunning landscape painting by Jan Griffier the Elder. The intricate details of the scene, from the people and their activities to the iconic landmarks, transport us back in time and offer a glimpse into the past. This print is a must-have for anyone interested in the history of London, the seventeenth century, or the natural wonders of a frozen River Thames.

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