Frozen Thames: Frost Fair 1684

Until 21 April 2014
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For Londoners, frost fairs were a once in a lifetime occasion, when the frozen Thames became a carnival and street market all rolled into one.

This small display at the Museum of London includes two paintings by Dutch artist Abraham Hondius (c.1625-91) who was a notable artist in the expanding art market fostered by Charles II. The first painting depicts the frozen Thames in 1677 looking eastwards towards London Bridge (though this was not recorded as a ‘Frost Fair’), and the second, portrays the area of present day Temple on the north side of the river, in the grip of the 1684 Frost Fair.

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