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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on February 15th, 2012

Hand-colored stipple engraving.
Published by Joseph Le Petit, London, 1 September 1797.

Sport historians Carl Giden and Patrick Houda believe the scene depicted took place in December 1796, when a spell of unusually cold weather swept across Britain and froze rivers and ponds throughout Greater London.

The picture's background even contained a clue — a distinctive obelisk situated on the riverbank behind the skater — that allowed the Swedes to pinpoint the location of the scene as a bend of the Thames near the Kew Observatory west of downtown London.

A second boy seen lacing up his skates is believed to be sitting on the edge of Islesworth Ait, a large, teardrop-shaped island in the middle of the river.

Sourced from www.consultlefebvre.com.

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