Set of Eight "Cries of London" Hand Colored Stipple Engravings, 19th Century
A set of eight 19th Century "Cries of London" hand colored stipple engravings after the works by Francis Wheatley. Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) created these sublime images of street sellers that – although seen at the time as of little consequence beside his aristocratic portraits – are now the works upon which his reputation rests. Born in Covent Garden, Wheatley was ideally qualified to portray these hawkers because he grew up amongst them and their cries, echoing in the streets around the market. You may recognize the old stone pillars of the market buildings that still stand today. However, these pictures are far from social reportage as we understand it, there is 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. Look again, and you will also see that variants on the same ginger and white terrier occur throughout these images too. Wheatley was well served by his engravers who created the prints which brought recognition for his “Cries of London,” as the most beautiful and most popular series of prints on this subject of all time. Wheatley's series was immensely popular and enjoyed a long period of success in the English print shops. This set is recently matted and framed in archival mats and backing. 21 inches wide by 25 inches high framed.
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 25 in | WIDTH: 21 in
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