Handcoloured stipple and line engraving on a verge type handlaid paper. on paper.
Sheet size: 50 x 60 cm. (19,7 x 23,6 inch). Image size: 29,5 x 38 cm. (11,6 x 15 inch).
Original antique print after a painting by Francis Wheatley from a series of 12 plates. This plate was originally published by Colnaghi & Co., London, 1793-1797. Wheatley exhibited his series of oil paintings entitled the ‘Cries of London’ at the Royal Academy between 1792 and 1795. He created these sublime images of street sellers that are now the works upon which his reputation rests. Born in Covent Garden in 1747, Wheatley was ideally qualified to portray these hawkers because he grew up amongst them and their cries, echoing in the streets around the market. However, these pictures are far from social reportage as we understand it, and you may notice a certain similarity between many of the women portrayed in these pictures, for whom it is believed Mrs Wheatley, herself a painter and exhibitor at the Royal Academy, was the model. This appears to be a proof print before letters.
Condition: Good, given age. Some small spots in the margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully. Profesionally matted, not examined out of matting. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: MACKREL-FISH SELLER-CRIES OF LONDON