View of the Thames off Three Cranes Wharf when Frozen, Monday 31 January to Saturday 5 February 1814, on which a Fair was held, attended by many Hundred Persons
Coloured etching and aquatintpublished 18 February 1814
About the work
In this winter scene the River Thames has frozen over and a ‘frost fair’ is being held on the River. Food is cooked, while people gather in tents to keep warm and converse. The original watercolour for this aquatint print, which shows some minor differences to the published image, is now in the collection of London Metropolitan Archives. Just before the print was published in February 1814, an advertisement for it was placed in the ‘Morning Chronicle’:
‘A Coloured PRINT, representing the THAMES (as seen off the Three Cranes Wharf) when FROZEN, on Monday the 31st January, and continued to the Saturday following; exhibiting the Diversions of its Visitors, which much resembled a Flemish Fair; also a correct View of London Bridge and the Buildings from the City side; from a Drawing taken on the Ice, by CALVERT, whose peculiar stile [sic] in soft hazy distance and general effect, has been much admired.’
The print was published by Burkitt and Hudson of 85 Cheapside and sold for 10 shillings. The artist of the work, described as ‘Calvert’ in the advertisement, is probably Charles Calvert who, although Manchester based, produced numerous views of the River Thames.
About the artist
Charles Calvert was born at Glossop Hall, Derbyshire; the son of an amateur artist and land agent to the Duke of Norfolk's estate in Derbyshire. He was eleven when his father died. He abandoned an apprenticeship in the cotton trade, to train as a landscape painter and was instrumental in the foundation of the Manchester Royal Institution (later Manchester City Art Gallery). He gained the Heywood gold medal for a landscape in oil and silver medal for a watercolour landscape. He exhibited only two works in London. Calvert devoted much of his time to teaching and spent the remainder painting in the Lake District. Although confined to his bed in later years, he continued to paint landscapes from memory. He died at Bowness, Westmorland, aged 66.
- England, River Thames, London, London Bridge, Monument to the Great Fire, City of London, Church of St. Magnus the Martyr, Three Cranes Wharf
- drum (as subject), musician, topography, townscape/cityscape, Victorian Genre, dog, winter, frost, fire, ice, river, man, woman, girl, cooking, bucket, basket, fair/festival/carnival, wharf, bridge (urban), house, tent/marquee, sailboat
- View of the Thames off Three Cranes Wharf when Frozen, Monday 31 January to Saturday 5 February 1814, on which a Fair was held, attended by many Hundred Persons
- published 18 February 1814
- Coloured etching and aquatint
- Purchased from Frank T Sabin, October 1957
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