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The statute fair.

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The statute fair.
  • Description

    A crowded scene, country folk at a hiring or "Statute" fair. Some dance in a ring, to fiddle, drum, &c. Some throw sticks at objects on posts, or stake their money on various devices. Men swarm up a greasy pole for a leg of mutton and vegetables. The background is formed of booths including that of 'Richardson'. Fabulous animals and a fat man are depicted on a pyramid of canvases outside a booth. At another booth, which is surmounted by a beribboned hat (? the prize), three yokels are 'Grinning thro Horse Collar'. There are many tents with flags and signs. c.1830
    Hand-coloured etching and aquatint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1830
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 137 millimetres
    • Width: 178 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
    A cheap print, perhaps from a book.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 16444 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1830 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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