Oil of the Donnybrook Fair by Richard Barrett Davis (English, 1782-1854)
Oil on canvas of the famous Donnybrook Fair, near Dublin by Richard Barrett Davis (English, 1782-1854). The reverse bears the label “Vicars Brothers Fine Art Dealers Printsellers and Publishers 12 Old Bond Street, London WI” and written in ink “Oil Painting, Donnybrook Fair R. B Davis”.
The historic Donnybrook Fair was founded in 1204 by a royal charter of King John. Held in late August to mid-September, the fair became one of Ireland's principal markets. Today's dictionaries define donnybrook as a free-for-all or brawl owing to the "rough merriment" for which the fair came to be known. The fair was abolished in 1868.
Vicar Brothers, London
Christie's New York, Important British and American Sporting Paintings, 8th June, 1984
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