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Southwark Fair
Southwark Fair
Artist:
Date:
1733
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Etching And Engraving
Dimensions:
36.3 x 47 cm (image)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1963.30.30669
Acquisition Date:
1963-04-09
Credit Line:

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

An 18th-century fair is filled with people and activities. Various acts display banners and perform for the multitude: one banner shows the Trojan horse with soldiers climbing in, another shows Falstaff, Pistol and other Shakespearean figures. Live performances take place on stages of various levels, including one at the left which is collapsing onto a china shop beneath. A woman with hurdy-gurdy on her back operates a house-like peepshow while a child peers in at the other side of the structure. At the right a man sits on his horse, his sword at the ready for someone to challenge him. The center is filled with a crowd led by a drummer woman, "drumming up" business for her show. A short black man plays a trumpet, a pickpocket is at work, someone is "sweet-talking" some pretty country girls into becoming harlots, a dwarf plays a bagpipe while operating puppets with his foot, and a dog dressed as a gentleman walks on his hind legs. (Virginia K. Anderson 02/21/95)

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