St James's Fair, Bristol

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St James's Fair had taken place since the 13th century but by the 1820s it was notorious for the crime and general debauchery it attracted. In this painting, Samuel Colman, a strict Nonconformist, preaches a visual sermon contrasting virtue with vice. The house on the left compares middle-class domestic contentment with the run-down brothel on the right. Between, there are references to slavery, lost virginity, the transience of beauty, the evils of gambling, theft and deception. Colman believes only Christianity's moral code can save these people.  
Oil on panel, 1824.
Art Print Sizes:
  • Small - 30 x 40 cm
  • Medium - 45 x 60 cm
  • Large - 60 x 80 cm
  • X Large - 75 x 100cm 

Stretched Canvas Sizes:
  • Small - 36 x 40cm 
  • Medium - 54 x 60 cm 
  • Large - 72 x 80 cm 
  • X Large - 90 x 100 cm
Unstretched Canvas size
  • Small - 50 x 54 cm 
  • Medium - 68 x 74 cm 
  • Large - 86 x 94 cm 
  • X Large - 104 x 114 cm  

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