The Bartholomew Fair was one of London's pre-eminent summer Charter fairs. A charter for the fair was granted by Henry I, and from 1133 to 1855 it took place each year on 24th August. The fair was suppressed in 1855 by the City authorities for encouraging debauchery and public disorder. In the early 17th century the famous conjurer and showman Isaac Fawkes (1675?–1732) would give six performances a day, during the height of the fare. Very distinct from the modern circus, fares would consist of dancing and conjuring acts until the latter half of the 18th century, where upon their decline Philip Astley (1742-1814), called the Father of the Modern Circus, would incorporate new elements such as horse tricks, musicians, acrobats and clowns.
Advertisement during the Bartholomew Fair. 1727
Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.