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    View of the Thames in the Great Frost of 1789; river below London Bridge frozen over, figures skate or stand by watching, others attempt to break the ice to free ships trapped by it. 1789 Pen and grey ink and watercolour

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    • 1789
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    • Height: 345 millimetres
    • Width: 484 millimetres
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        Inscribed and dated: "J.C. Barrow 1789"
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    • Binyon 3 bibliographic details
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    British Imp PIV

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    • Associated Event: Great Frost
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