Cuckfield, Sussex, at Fair Time

Thomas Rowlandson, 1789

WAG 8144

About this object

Rowlandson visited Cuckfield fair in 1789 to make drawings for his book 'An Excursion to Brighthelmstone made in the year 1789'. The volumen was a joint venture with his friend Henry Wigstead (1760 - 1800) and was intended to illustrate their journey to Brighton, then known as Brightelmstone, on the south coast. It was one of a series of illustrated accounts of travels in Britain published during this period.

The accompanying text in the book for this image states that the fair at Cuckfield took place in September and was 'resorted to by a great number of pretty rustic Females and by a multitude of Happy Swains'. The artist's eye for comic incident and his fluid calligraphic line are evident in the treatment of the figures in the scene, who seem to interest him more than the topography of the village. The Church of the Holy Trinity can be seen in the background.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Thomas Rowlandson (British: English, born:13 July 1757, died:21 April 1827)
  • Date
    1789
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pen; Ink; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 23 cm x 30 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape view of a village fair taking place on a street lined with houses. There is a tall steeple in the centre and crowds of people gathered in the foreground.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Fine Art Society (Previous owner); Edward Peter Jones (Previous owner); Thomas Rowlandson (Artist/maker); Frank T Sabin (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8144
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
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Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Edward Peter Jones

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Frank T Sabin

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: KINGS HEAD
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    Inscription location: Front; Image
  • Inscription text: Unlocated reproduction from Connoisseur on backboard., when in E. Peter Jones Coll
    Inscription method:
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    Inscription location: Backing
  • Inscription text: Fine Art Society, October 1961
    Inscription method: Label
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    Inscription location: Backing
  • Inscription text: From E. Peter Jones Collection
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Backing
  • Inscription text: 0/40
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    Inscription location: Backboard
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